By Dr. DAN ERICKSON
Cathy and I started People Matter Ministries many years ago simply because people matter most to us. Christ gave his life up for one reason – because he so loved the people of this world.
I am writing this blog from a Starbucks -- instead of alone at home -- because people matter. As I write this, Paul is on my right. Jim is on the left. Jeremiah, Kathy and Ben are behind the counter. Most of them do not know the Lord yet. We have become friends. I have sought to become Christ in in the flesh to them. Why, because they matter to me and to God.
When Paul went into the hospital, his wife called me! He is so close to finding Christ.
Some may think that I am just wasting my time. Scripture says that we are to let our lives so shine so that people will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. On Wednesday, Starbucks is my place to shine. Where is yours on Wednesday, Thursday or Monday morning? It is wherever you live, worship, work or play.
I just got back from doing a VBS for children and a camp meeting for adults on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. It was hot and dry. Why did I do it? Because they matter to God and they need the light.
I travel across the country speaking to men. I don't know most of them but they matter. I do couples retreats because marriages and families matter.
Because of my own insecurities I used to fear failure. Now I fear I would spend what life I have succeeding at what does not matter. How about you?
Someone once told me many years ago that many of us spend our lives climbing the ladder of success only to realize, at the end of life, that it was leaning on the wrong wall. We decided to just move the ladder and lean it against God’s wall.
There are only two doors you can pick from. There is the wide way that so many are traveling in search of riches and success – the American dream. These will only last a lifetime. And then there is the narrow way. Believe it or not, it leads to riches beyond this lifetime and they last for eternity. It leads to what really matters!
What are you attempting to succeed at? What road are you taking? Make sure it has people on it because it is people that Christ died for and they are what really matter. Then imagine the possibilities!