“Who wants to be a millionaire?” is more than a catchy game show title. It’s a question that reminds us of a benchmark of financial success in our society. We’d love to be millionaires. But we know that money is not the only thing that constitutes real wealth. We can also be rich in terms of our relationships. The people in our life make us rich in love. We are already relational millionaires because we have people to be thankful for.
Here are some VIPs in our life.
The Very Irritating People who help us learn patience.
It seems counterintuitive to be thankful for these people. We just want to be rid of them. We don’t want to be around them.
These people bug us. They get on our nerves. They whine, criticize, and complain. They are the not so nice people in our relational world.
They have an uncanny ability to get under our skin. They are the burrs under the saddle. We have our own type of person that irritates us. A silly one for me is the person who gets 15 items on a 10 item express lane at the grocery store. Were they absent the day the teacher taught counting in kindergarten?
These are the sand in the shoe people. Being people who have a knack for rubbing us the wrong way, these folks are like the sand in the oyster that gradually turns into a pearl.
We need these people in our life because they help us learn patience. Patience is a character quality that helps us succeed in our relationships.
Building loving relationships that bring us joy requires a healthy dose of patience.
The Very Inspiring People who help strengthen our faith in ourselves.
Who are your inspiring people? These are people, who by their words and example motivate us to live at a higher level. They are able to help us see our potential so we can develop it.
These people can inspire us from afar. People like Walt Disney, who broke new ground in family entertainment. Chocolate king Milton Hershey sweetened the lives of kids by pouring some of his wealth into building an orphanage. Former president Jimmy Carter inspires us through his work at The Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity. The late actor, Christopher Reeve, showed us what commitment looks like when he made determined progress from a devastating fall. NFL Super Bowl winning coach and NASCAR champion owner Joe Gibbs stirs us by not hiding his deep faith.
There are others that we know personally who poured themselves into our lives. We are better people because they did.
A boss, a co-worker, a friend, or a parent could be our very inspiring person. They gave us the gift of themselves to help us grow. They took us under their wing and showed us the way. They believed in us. They provided direction and approval. We gained energy from their courage and maturity. Our lives are different because of them.
Who are the people that played a unique role in shaping you?
The Very Important People who help us enjoy life.
The most important people in our relational world are our family and friends. Our close friends and family bring enjoyment to our lives. They are gifts to us.
We are thankful every day for them because we understand that they are here only temporarily. We have each other for a season. We enjoy the people in our relational while we can.
Our irritating person, inspiring person, and important person could be one and the same! If that’s the case, we have three times the gratitude!
We can translate our thankfulness into action: write a note, make a phone call, or send a small gift.
We are thankful for the VIPs in our life who fill our lives with love.