Dear Windermere Friends,
One of the Windermere Team Values is – put people first. What we say around here is- if the ministry honors people then people will honor our ministry.
As I reflect on all the people who have come through our campus, I recall some that were an absolute joy to be a round. Don’t you love people like that I also recall others who make me want to walk the opposite direction.
Windermere is in the people business. Sometimes the people business is hard. In his book, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, Gordon MacDonald talks about how people have diverse effects on others. Some fill passion while others drain passion. MacDonald describes five kinds of people.
- The very Resourceful People – Those who ignite passion for faith and Christ-like performance.
- The very Important People – Those who share passion and are prepared to become fellow workers.
- The very Trainable People – Those who catch our passion. Leaders ignite it and they catch it.
- The very Nice People – Those who enjoy our passion and are good to be around but do not catch it. They end up absorbing all our energy without any result.
- The very Draining People– Those who sap your passion and are not easy to be around.
I am sure where you live and work, you deal with all kinds of people. How can we put people first? Windermere has taught me three ways to value and honor people.
- The work of the Holy Spirit – I am always interested in seeing what God is doing in the hearts of people. It doesn’t matter to God whether they are fillers or drainers, He wants their hearts. Peter was a changed person when the Holy Spirit showed up in his life at Pentecost!
- The power of a moment – What I mean is people have a story. I love to hear about that moment when God transformed their lives. In the OT the spiritual fathers built monuments to mark those moments. While the ultimate spiritual moment is the cross there are additional times when God reminds us of His greatness and the Spirit whispers to us of Jesus’ goodness. Those moments matter.
- The importance of a conversation – Without a conversation, a moment will never be more than just a nice memory. I love it when people really dig into their Holy Spirit moment and talk about what they are doing to sustain it. I love to hear people articulate their faith. Conversations make faith come alive.
No matter what effect people have on us, here at Windermere, we hark back to this – there is redeeming value in honoring people.