“Live as if people matter,” was one of platforms that Thomas Chalmers urged his congregation and community to take into account for their lives. Lately, I’ve been thinking about this statement almost every day.
What I’ve realized is how hard it really is to attain and practice in my daily life. While selfishness may be a behavior and attitude that plagues our society at large, it certainly plagues me as well.
I think about how I spend my time. Do I spend every waking second, “living as if people matter?” No, not that much if I’m going to be honest with myself. In my free time, I hang out with friends, play online games, hit up Half-Times on Tuesday, and whatever else suits my fancy.
Sure, I’m tired after work, but isn’t everyone else? I guess I can’t make that excuse. If I wanted to use my time productively, I would invest my time in other people’s lives. Instead the temptation is to throw money their way and keep my time to myself, but that may be the pinnacle of my selfish nature. Will I give the man a fish, or will I teach him how to fish? I can guess what takes more time.
One thing I’ve realized I can do is apply this motto, “Live as if people matter” to my time that is not free. When I’m at work this will be a tough, exhausting, and difficult attitude to maintain – specifically with my retail job – but I must persevere nonetheless. It may involve going out of my way, staying later, throwing up the 40 LB bags of birdseed, and even alot of other people’s job for them, but I must persevere in it regardless.
Will I be a doormat to some degree? Perhaps. Will people know that the doormat is there to help them because it legitimately cares? Absolutely. I’ve certainly used Christ as a doormat and he’s forgiven me, so I must do the same.