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Monday, October 3, 2011

People Matter

"There was a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die" (Luke 7:2).

It's not always in our own contemporary culture of corporate hierarchy that those in authority reflect a heart that values those who serve them.  It's not often that you see people show honor, deference, and overall loving kindness to others without it somehow being calculated in regards to how it will benefit them.  We live in a world where it's about do what it takes to make "me" matter the most.  We've become too quick to give into what has become the proverbial cliche of throwing one "under the bus" if that's what it will take to help us to rise to the "top."

This centurion regarded his servant as valuable, which is a Greek word that means precious, dear, and worth a great price.  This servant was as good as dead, yet his master was moved and showed great concern, care, and compassion.  He honored his servant in the presence of Jesus.  To the centurion, his servant's value was based on more than what he could do, but of who he was.  He valued his worth more than his work.  More than a servant, he was a person...and he mattered.

Don't give into the quick-sand trap of selfishness.  Don't allow your concern for yourself to desensitize you to the feelings and the hearts of those around you.  Be sure to understand that people matter more than what they can do for you or what you can get out of them.  They are precious, valuable, and worth great price because they, just like you, have been made, fashioned and purposed in the image of God.

Are you living as though people matter to you, or are you striving to matter to people?  God honors those who are humble in heart, seeking to honor others over themselves, and who don't allow their own pride to become the motivation for the choices they make.  Ask God to show you who, in your life, that perhaps you haven't shown them that they matter.  Give them a call.  Shoot them an email.  Tell them you appreciate them, that you're thankful for them.  Let them know that you value them, even if you haven't shown it.  We usually share our criticism more than our care, and our grief more than our gratitude.  Make the choice today to make an impact on the people that God has placed in your life.  Because, people do matter.

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