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Often I tell teachers that I meet “you impact generations!” That reality is true but not only for teachers, it can be for anyone that is a People Builder. People are a mystery, understanding them is a progressive discovery that takes time. We can build many things, but building relationships will impact generations.
People Building can be like archaeology. The archaeologist looks to uncover treasures that have been forgotten or are unknown. They carefully remove the dirt and handle the treasure with great care. They understand what is being handled, has incomprehensible value. People are like these buried treasures, needing great care as they are being discovered.
In the big-dig, “discovery” is found in people’s story. We illustrate this with four L’s. First, Listening to people’s story gives context to what is being said and reduces assumptions. Secondly, Learning their story helps bring understanding and perspective to what is being heard. Thirdly, Loving them with God’s story is the ministry of life. We don’t try to change them, but accept them, and through this AGOPIC relationship change happens. Fourthly, Leading them beyond themselves empowers the person to grow and operate in their potential.
“More than what we are doing, it is WHO we are doing it with.” This perspective helps interpret what is seen and heard. Jesus, as the ultimate People Builder, looked not only what the person was at present, but what they were becoming. Speaking and leading with this view of their potential is People Building.
Tragically, it is easy to USE people to build our own agendas. We were not designed to be used, or to be valued based on what can be produced; Jesus made us in HIS image – this has unspeakable value. It is easy to know someone based on their mistakes, but through these imperfections are how we learn the love of God, and produce and effective environment for growth. Handling people in their potential – what they could be, not what they are now – is People Building.
Here is how:
- Find the little that is right and focus your attention there.
- Listen for a healthy heart attitude. Encouragement fans the flame.
- Be observant of their skill-set. Training will enhance their gifts and showcase their strengths.
- Don’t quit on the person, but ask the right questions to draw out the treasure.
- Lead people, don’t just manage them.
- Be patient with yourself as well as the one who is in front of you. Your timeline is not the only factor.
People Building doesn’t only take time, it takes a lifetime! Enjoy the journey, God is building all of us for others! Unlock the treasures, they are all around you.
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