What the heck does that mean, people aren’t like toilet paper?
Well, let me tell you!
Throughout my life and career, I’ve ended up time and time again in a place where I just felt like a used up piece of toilet paper being tossed down the drain. Most of the time never being told why I’m being put there. And in my story, I’ve fought to gain clarity and process all the information, the who, the what, and most importantly the why! Usually with no results.
The wonderful thing I have learned to take from all those experiences though is a determination to never treat people as an object or something to be just used and tossed down the drain.
You see its become an epidemic of sorts in our culture to just use up resources and toss them aside once consumed. Whether thats a plastic bottle, newspaper, coffee cup, or one of the most important resources out there, PEOPLE! I have read countless numbers of books, where authors talk about establishing a culture that values people and, how thru finding the right people and valuing them correctly, will lead to success and the results we all want.
But today where this takes me and where I’d like you to go is think about those people you touch each and every day, whether those people are the baristas behind the counter, or the teller at the bank, or even the assistant outside your office. Ask yourself, do you place their value solely on the function or role they serve, or do you actually see them, understanding that they really aren’t as replaceable and can’t be just tossed aside. Do you see them as the fingerprints of The Father and love them the way the gospel commands or do you simply experience the momentary and trivial frustrations and in your heart wish for their disposal?
It has become a passion of my heart over these years, in part because of my story, to be intentional this year to value and esteem people, and see their inherent dignity and worth. I challenge you to the same. I want to be a man who impacts culture and speaks into life by valuing and loving people not by abusing them and tossing them aside, figuratively or not!
Will you join me? Will you be a man or woman, who just loves people, and calls out the injustice of the abuses of people?
After all, we’re all in this thing together! Shouldn’t we live like it…
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