The 30 Sterling Principles of Proverbs
Don’t walk on the poor just because they’re poor,
and don’t use your position to crush the weak,
because God will come to their defense;
the life you took, he’ll take from you and give back to them.
Every person has immense value to God. By reaching out to the poor, whether they are physically poor, spiritually poor, emotionally poor, or wisdom poor—we are reaching out to God. Likewise, when we shun or demean another person, whatever their lot in life, we are shunning or demeaning God. Why? Because every person is made in the image of God. As we treat another—we are treating God.
Whenever we have contact with another person we have a choice to make. We can either walk on them or lift them up. That waitress at the coffee shop—deserves to experience God’s love expressed through our thoughtful words, deeds, and yes even a tip. The young person at the pizza shop could use a friendly smile and comment. Everywhere we go we encounter service-providers. How we treat them will make them feel valued and useful or wish they could quit.
Interesting that the first on the list of these 30 sterling principles deals with how we treat the poor. That tells me that no word or deed of ours goes unnoticed by God. We don’t climb to the top in this life by stepping on the poor but by lifting them up. Let’s watch where we walk!
God’s Question: Who will feel valued today because of your words and deeds?
God’s Promise: As you treat others you are treating me
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for this simple way to honor you—through others.
I am sorry I too often ignore these service-providers.
Thank You that I can serve You by honoring others.
Help me see You in the eyes of all others.