“If you love things more than people you will use people to get things, if you love people more than things you will use things to help people.”

One of my favorite men gave up his high school football job to join the Marine Corp. One night on patrol leading a squad of 13 men his team was attacked by over 2000 Viet Cong.  

That night his sergeant lost his life diving on a grenade to save his buddies. Clebe lost an arm and one eye.  

Clebe’s favorite quote I often heard him say was, “In this world of give and take there are too few men willing to give what it takes.”

The Psalmist tells us we are created a little lower than the angels and have dominion over the birds of the air, fish of the sea, and all land creatures.

To me, this is a powerful promise. Knowing this motivates me to love people way more than things. It never ceases to amaze me how today’s treasure is tomorrow’s junk.

I think of the boat story. The happiest day is the day you buy a boat. The next happiest day is the day you sell the boat.

Rockefeller was asked, “How much money is enough?” He replied, “a little bit more.”

It is crystal clear to me that things don’t satisfy for very long while special people satisfy for eternity.

Guess I better find ways to treasure people and use things to bless them.