I believe one of the best things about faith is it allows us to open our hearts and lives up to not only God, but to people. One of the things I’ve learned is this concept of the promise of people. What this means is that God has placed an immense value on people, and we should pay attention to that.
To illustrate this, I remember attending the World’s Fair in 2000 when I was 19 years old. Canadian televangelist, David Mainse, invited me to participate with his company and ministry. Countries small and great were represented. I was so excited to attend, but couldn’t afford the thousands of dollars to get there. So my grandpa Schuller told me, “I’ll pay your way if you fill your Rolodex with the people you meet there.” Before the digital age, the Rolodex was a rotating card file device used to store contact information. As I followed his instructions, what an awesome experience it was. When I arrived, I was in people mode and determined to move about, glad-handing, and meeting interesting folks from all over the world.
Friend, to this day, I still have the names and phone numbers of people I met from around the globe. One of the most important lessons I learned from that trip that I’ve carried with me my whole life, is the value of people. It is truly a blessing to have a lot of friends, especially friends who come from different perspectives than you do!