How important are people to you? Do relationships supersede programs and methodology? No matter how creative you might be or how attentive to details you might be, without love, what have you gained (1 Cor. 13:1-3)? Whether serving in children's ministry or leading in a capacity overseeing volunteer or paid staff, we need to put a high premium on relationship.
A "people first" mentality has to be more than words. We can, and should, teach about God's love, but we must also exemplify His love in all we do. Sometimes more than our words, what people need from us is that we come alongside of them. The Bible teaches us the "how-to" but also reminds us that the condition of our heart also matters in order to truly value and affirm people. --"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Lk. 6:45)
Because of His love,
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