People are worth investing in, even when the world writes them off.
My list of people I have initially wrote off is huge. It even includes my wife! (To be fair, she wore a scarf in her hair just like all of the snotty sorority girls in college*.) This list is something that I find myself regularly adding to, despite my belief that outward appearances don’t make the person. Your finances don’t create your character. Your color of skin, religion, or opinion of Miley Cyrus–none of these should warrant someone to pre-judge you.
(I might be persuaded differently about the Miley Cyrus one, on a cynical day.)
Yet we still do it!
I’ve written people off from being involved in the student ministry I’m a part of–even though I’m committed to believing that all kinds of people deserve a chance to serve. Thankfully, I have ignored those feelings only to be proven wrong. People who I didn’t think would work well have soared in building relationships with teenagers.
I love getting proven wrong about people. I love seeing them blossom when I might have been getting in their way. I cherish when I see people grow in ways others didn’t think they could. It’s one of my favorite things about working with people. I think this is something that makes me so happy because I know that lots of people have had plenty of reasons to write me off over the years.
People are worth investing in, even when the world writes them off!
Have you written off Miley Cyrus today?
*In those snotty sorority girls’ defense, they probably just weren’t romantically interested in me, anyway. I had a nifty excuse, though!