There are two approaches for working with people. The natural response is to ask, “How can this person help me?” But there is another option. You can ask, “How can I add value to this person?”
The first question measures the value of a person based on what they can do for you and the organization you are leading or the mission you are trying to achieve. At best, this produces good helpers and followers.
The second question concedes up-front that every person is valuable and your goal is to add value to their lives.
For the Christian, this is called discipleship and that is you why are still living on Planet Earth.
- The ONE THING for today: Make your life about adding value to others. The irony of it all is that once you begin making the question, “How can I add value here?” your guiding principle for dealing with people, your own life increases in value.
“It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.” _Andrew J. Holmes
44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:44-45 (NKJV)