Have you ever looked down on someone because he didn’t look promising, wasn’t eloquent enough and his fashion style totally out of place only to find him doing so well years later with a reputation worth associating with? One thought must have been racing through your mind: you should have treated him much better when he was a ‘nobody’ and you could be in his good graces and have had his contact on your phone to boast to your friends. But it might be a little too late for that.
If people could see how the future would pan out for the ‘underdogs’, they wouldn’t be quick to disregard any who came their way. But hopefully, tomorrow will soon be today and today would be yesterday. It’s not too late to change the habitual attitude of underestimating people…for our own sake. The future is so uncertain in that, the people you count on to be the ‘big time personalities’ during your school days could end up being the ordinary folk in their adult years and the less promising ones could end up being the captains of the ship. The tables turn all the time and it is better to play your cards right so you don’t get a nasty surprise when they do.
It might go against our human nature to treat everyone equally; there’s always the temptation to look down on people who can’t seem to get their lives in order and not to be considered worthy of human emotional investment. But God uses the things we consider foolish to confound the wise; He takes the people we consider as ‘trash’, cleans them up and make them treasures. You might not understand the phase someone may be going through that’s making him look all dirty and messed up. He might be on God’s threshing floor where he’s been refined to be someone better. If caution is not taken, you might find yourself on the wrong side of the table when the tides change. You would never know whose good graces you would need in the near future.
Everyone is worth our respect, attention and affection regardless of their background or attitude. If someone is unpleasant or going through a tough time, take time to pray for them. Don’t underestimate the power of intercessory prayer as well.
As much as we are advised not to underestimate others, we should do well not to underestimate ourselves as well. Sometimes when the going gets tough, giving up seems the easier way out. It might be but it is also the most costly decision to take. You might not hail from an affluent family, your name might not demand any respect from people and you might be having a hard time trying to navigate your life but you are worth something significant. Even if people give up on you, see it as an extra incentive to push yourself forward. If you can’t stand up for yourself, you can’t expect someone to do that for you.
Everyone you meet has something to offer you; a lesson or a favor. Accept both graciously. Don’t discriminate. Save yourself the disadvantage. Consider everyone as a possible key holder to your many doors. Everyone is significant although the measure may vary. As long as they are significant, they are worth respecting.
© Josephine Amoako 2016