#52 – Adding Value

Good morning valuing people.

I feel to write this morning on an issue that I am very aware of in my own life and that is how much people feel valued by me. I think there are many things that we can do to express God’s heartbeat for others and to make people feel valued but let me just mention two that I know I need to improve on.

Firstly don’t talk about myself too much. I tend to do this by default and it is something I really want to change. In a conversation, we should aim to listen more to others rather than talk about ourselves. When asked a question, answer it and refocus the conversation back on to the other person with the aim of listening. For many of us, our pride is the last thing we need to feed.

Secondly give people our full attention when they are speaking. Too many times we are texting someone, checking e-mails, thinking about the next thing we want to say or zoned out completely. This is wrong. People are valuable and what they have to say should be listened to fully. Again, seeking to listen more than talk will automatically help this.

It’s not that difficult to add value to others. It really comes down to focusing on others more than ourselves. This is honest but hey, it’s important. We can do this at work, school, home, church; in fact, anywhere we are. Will you make an effort like me to add value to others more today?

James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

By the way; I think if you are quick to listen and slow to speak, the automatic result is a slowness to anger.