Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:22

People are our Business

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I woke up this morning feeling a little glum in my view of people. Don’t be so pious, we all feel this way from time to time. People don’t live up to our expectations. People don’t stroke us as much as we would like. People aren’t as perfect as we want them to be.

Today I picked up a copy of John Maxwell’s book, “25 Ways to Win with People.” This book quickly refocused my glum attitude. I did a quick scan of the contents of the book and was reminded of the truth, “people are our business!” In short, the Lord reminded me to get over myself.

Sometimes we get fixated on self rather than remembering that our job is to serve people. They are not a problem. “People are our business.” To our own detriment, we forget this principle. With this thought as a backdrop, I reviewed John Maxwell’s 25 principles and encourage you to join me in thinking through these principles.

  1. Start with yourself, translation - you must be healthy.
  2. Practice the 30-second rule. Say something encouraging to the other person within 30 seconds of beginning the conversation.
  3. Let people know you need them.
  4. Create a memory and visit it often.
  5. Compliment people in front of other people.
  6. Give others a reputation to uphold.
  7. Say the right words at the right time.
  8. Encourage the dreams of others.
  9. Pass the credit on to others.
  10. Offer your very best. Maxwell quotes John Wooden who said, “Make very day your masterpiece.”
  11. Share a secret with someone.
  12. Mine the gold of good intentions. In short, we should expect the best and believe the best about people.
  13. Keep your eyes off the mirror. Be willing to serve others.
  14. Do for others what they can’t do for themselves. John Bunyan said, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
  15. Listen with your heart. This requires you to focus on the other person.
  16. Find the keys to their hearts. What motivates the other person?
  17. Be the first to help. Be willing to help others rather than focusing on self.
  18. Add value to people.
  19. Remember a person’s story. This requires us to ask, listen, and remember the other person’s story.
  20. Tell a good story. People connect with stories.
  21. Give with no strings attached.
  22. Learn your mailman’s name. People’s names are special to them.
  23. Point out people’s strengths.
  24. Write notes of encouragement.
  25. Help people win.

So, what did the book review accomplish? First, it gave me a good read. Two, it causes me to evaluate the quality of my ministry to people. Three, it gives me fresh stimulus as I consider my approach to people. Finally, it reminds me that Jesus was a master at working with people. I find that Jesus displayed many of the principles outlined in Maxwell’s book. This raises the question for me, how am I doing in the people business?

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