Lift People Up, Just Because You Should
God put a handful of people in your life – your team members, your boss, your family, your customers. I want to challenge you today to ask yourself this question: “What is my role in the life journey of these people?”
Now be honest…
Do we use them to fill our needs? (and occasionally give back so we don’t seem selfish)
Do we simply coexist with them in peace?
Or, do we make an impact in their lives?
This is such a simple principle that it is easy to overlook and mistake it for a “just be nice” approach to living. Let me explain. If you believe in God’s divine will as I do, then you should believe that it is His design for certain people to be in your life. Pastor Peter Rahme once told me, “God drops people in our laps.”
Wow! What an insightful way to look at people in our lives! (They are not mere coincidences for us to interact with.) Most of us, most of the time, treat others with kindness and respect. We “live and let live.” We cohabitate, work together, and live together. We honor people and relationships. And that is good.
Let me share with you though what is GREAT – what is simply remarkable and life changing!
What if we say, “Wow, God put this person in my life for me to impact, to promote, to encourage, to increase, to love, to bless, and to add value to.”
What if we don’t see others merely as “an employee, a spouse, or a customer” that we are simply going to be good to, to see what we can get out of.
What if our success and satisfaction come from considering it a privilege that this person was brought into our lives for us to powerfully pour into!
What if those 10, 20, 30 people in your life become better people because they know you. What if they become more inspired, encouraged, motivated, or secure.
But then, here’s the kicker…what if they give you nothing at all in return. Ever.
Can you and I consider ourselves a success simply because they are now larger people? If we do,amazing things can happen.
However, the trick is that we should not do it for the amazing things that will happen! We should not do it for the “reward.” We should do it just because we should do it.
The reward is that we had the privilege of doing it! We had the chance to touch a life (in a small or big way) of one of God’s children.
So what amazing things will happen? (Remember, don’t do it for those reasons! This is just the icing on the cake.)
- People will come along with us.
- People will truly care about us.
- Our circle becomes healthy and happy.
- We help create a culture of giving.
- Our lives become filled with love and beauty, sincerity and humanity.
And this, my friend, is the very heart of excellent leadership.
I don’t know about you, but I will go to the ends of the earth with someone who genuinely cares for me! Someone who cares for me not so I can go to the ends of the earth with them…but someone who cares for me, just because.
I have to remind myself of this most simple and most powerful principle often. It is so easy to slip into our selfish, “me-first-nice-person” approach to life.
So can we commit together that from today forward we will cherish and honor people – people whom God put into our lives? Can we simply make it our goal and our purpose to add value to them, consistently, intentionally, and aggressively? Then when it’s time for our relationship with them to end, they would have been so touched that they are better people?
Dear friend, let me start with you…
If you read my blogs, then God put you in my life – I honor you, I value you, and I care about you. I promise to give you everything I can…because I want to see you increase and become happier, more effective, more fulfilled, living a powerful life of purpose and passion.
Who can you pour into and add value to today?
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