RESPONSIBILITY – Treat others with diginity

We are on the last two descriptions of our acronym RESPONSIBILITY:Treat others with Dignity

Recruit
Equip and Train
Spirit-filled
P
raying
O
ptimistic
N
ext-Generation Leaders
who lead Self well
I
nfluence others
B
uy into our vision
I
nvest time and resources
L
ove the Lost
I
nspire others to action
T
reat others with dignity

The Golden Rule comes to mind when I think about treating others with dignity. “in everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (Matt7:12, NASB).  How often do you see people mis-treating each other? I see it most often at a restaurant; somehow we get the notion that our waiter or waitress is below us because they are serving us. However, Jesus made the point that those who seek to be greatest in the kingdom must first be a servant.

The word treat is defined as “to deal with or develop; to act or behave toward” and dignity as “nobility, elevation of character” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dignity?s=t. We deal with and develop people around us so that they feel noble, exalted, worthy. We place value on them.  Jack Lannom in People First says “we must accept the truth that people possess exalted dignity, exalted worth, and exalted potentiality.”  “One of the chief responsibility of every leader is to communicate as often and as clearly as possible to each one on the team “I believe in you; you are significant; your contributions are meaningful and highly valuable” (Jack Lannom). This week you’ll have plenty of opportunity to treat others with dignity; here is a simple rule of thumb “ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them!” (TM)

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