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November 18, 2013, 12:19 PM

Make People Feel Valuable Part III

This week we are on part 3 of how we can champion the people in our lives and pull the best out of them. Everyone wants to be around people who make them feel good about themselves and are happy to see us.  People who learn how to celebrate and value others are seldom lonely because they sow seeds of friendship. They understand that God uses relationships to transform us and mature us.

Nugget:  celebrate the people around you.

 

Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’  Everyone.  No one enjoys being under-appreciated, over-looked or mistreated. No one.

People who value others live life with their eyes wide open. When they enter a room their actions don’t' say "Here I am;" rather, they shout, "There you are."  They get excited about interacting with others because like Mother Theresa says you never know when you are going to meet "Jesus in disguise."  Jesus said whatever we do to the "least" of these, we do it unto Him (Matt. 25:45).  How would our world be transformed if we embraced the truth:

 

Every person we meet is an opportunity to not only see Jesus, but to be Jesus.

 

So often we don't see others & celebrate people because we are self -absorbed, focused on ourselves--our needs, our wants, our agenda.

Jesus was other-focused. 

"That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage." (Mark, 10:45, MSG) 

When Jesus fed the 5,000 we often forget the context.  Suffering from the loss of His cousin, John the Baptist, Jesus went away for some “alone” time with His Father.  But, as He would soon find out, He had company-- and lots of it.  What did He do?  Send them away?  Run and hide?  No, seeing the hurting crowds Jesus, Himself hurting, felt compassion and healed the sick.  He saw their need, felt compassion, and did something.  Why?  Because Jesus celebrated & valued people. (Matt. 14:13-20)

Practically speaking:

  • Celebrate people.  One of the quickest ways to make people feel valued is by making a big to-do about them--"There you are." 
  • Acknowledge People.  Smile, make eye contact, shake their hand.  Note: acknowledging doesn’t necessarily mean approving.  We can agree to disagree & we can learn to accept without approving. This is part of unconditional love.
  • Value People for who they are, not just for what they can do for you.  Jesus touched the lepers--He valued them.  Value is communicated when you genuinely care for people as human beings and not human doings (and what they can do for you to help you build your kingdom).  

Celebrate others.Tell people what they mean to you.Build value.

 

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris


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