Love people, use things. Not the other way around.
It’s scary to think how quickly we pick stuff over people. Doubt me? Go out with a group of people and quietly count to yourself how many times they look at their phones. You’ll realize just how quickly we decide to go after objects in our possession over people in our presence. We just, for some reason, tend to prefer our stuff.
What would happen if you were more intentional about investing in people rather than stuff? Imagine if we, the church, put as much time and planning and effort as individuals into those around us as we do our stuff. The hours spent on clothing, movies, house decor, gardening, gadgets, and toys. What if all that time went to those around us?
Your world would look drastically different, wouldn’t it? Might have more friends? Might actually have deeper friendships. Might feel like someone cared about you. Wouldn’t that be crazy? What if we were involved, connected, and loved on even when there wasn’t a tragedy? What if?
A lot of the time we devote so much to the stuff in our lives that there isn’t anything left for the things that truly matter, like people. What if we could learn to love people, use things, and not the other way around.