The value of people

WHAT will life be without people? We human beings are social animals – we need meaningful human relationships and interaction to thrive. Without other people our lives will not be worth living. “A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.” Harry Emerson Fosdick

We must understand that people are the most important resource we have in life. When we refuse to accept the input of other people in our lives we will exclude ourselves from the benefits they can bring to the table. “Sharing is one of those solutions where you get multiple benefits.  It brings people together and helps them save resources and money. It’s also an ideal solution for uncertain times. When you’re in league with others, you can prepare yourself and your community for any type of outcome.” Neal Gorenflo

Whatever we need, desire or aspire to be will only be possible through the agency of other human beings. All we need or ever will need is already available but it is in the custody of or under the control of a person, group of persons or an organization run by people. The truth of the matter is that certain people are the custodians and caretakers of all we need in life, just like we too are the custodians and controllers of some things that belong to other people. People are holding these things in trust for us. The job a new graduate needs will be provided by a human being who has vacancy in his company. The promotion an employee needs is in the hands of his boss who will recommend him for promotion. The money a businessman needs is in the custody of his clients and customers. The wife that a bachelor desires to have is a woman somewhere. The politician who aspires for political office will only be able to get it done through the votes of the electorate. The discouraged person simply needs the help of someone who can rekindle his spirit so he can stand and keep going.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” Albert Schweitzer

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” Henri Nouwen

The blessings a person prays for from God will be released through the agency of human beings – human beings are God’s methods.

Understudying this principle will greatly help us to see people in the right perspective. We must value every person we meet along in the path of life. We must never look down, despise or mistreat anybody as we never know who they will become and what they can do in our lives tomorrow.


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