Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, November, 2011

posted Nov 1, 2011, 11:58 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Nov 1, 2011, 11:59 AM ]
Just Two Kinds of People  

Poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox suggested that there were two kinds of people as follows: There are two kinds of people on earth today, Two kinds of people and no more I say. Not the good or the bad, for it's well understood, The good are half bad, the bad are half good.

Not the happy or sad, for in the swift-flying years, Bring each man his laughter, each man his tears. Not the rich or the poor, for to count a man's wealth, You must know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life's busy span Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man. No! the two kinds of people on earth I mean, Are the people who lift, the people who lean.

Wherever you go you'll find the world's masses Are ever divided into these two classes. And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I mean, There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load Of the overtaxed lifters who toiled down the road? Or are you a leaner who lets others bear, Your portion of worry and labor and care?

Author and speaker Leil Lowndes suggests another thought: "There are two kinds of people in this life. Those who walk into a room and say, ’Well, here I am.’ And those who walk in and say, ‘Ah, there you are."' Most of us prefer that second type person.

To make others feel important is a unique gift. And it’s really not all that difficult to speak to practically anybody. If you want to find a subject of interest, just ask them about themselves. That way you will always have plenty to talk about.

It's very helpful and significant to make others feel important. If you want friends, show an interest in those around you. No one is without a friend who knows how to be a friend.

And if you want to take it to the next level, treat each person you are with as if they are the most significant person in your life at that particular moment. That is making the shift from "Here I am" to "There you are." It is not always an easy shift to make. It may mean changing a fundamental outlook or attitude. But when one can make that change, you will find that everything else changes, too - for the better.

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army in 1865, understood this principle. It is said that, one Christmas season, he attempted to think of a way to encourage all of his officers. The Salvation Army had seen rapid growth and by this time they were spread throughout several countries. He decided to send each one a telegram. The cable consisted of a one-word message: OTHERS. His organization grew around that motto.

It’s hard to think of a better motto for one’s life. A life dedicated to "others" is one exclaiming THERE YOU ARE. It is a life that is remarkably full and happy and, best of all, worthwhile.

Pastor George Weaver