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Have you ever met someone who reached out to you and seemed to like you right away? Have you ever wanted to be that person for someone else? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll be visiting with Micah Brooks about how to treat everyone like a 10–whether you’ve known them for a long time or you’re just meeting them for the first time.
Micah wrote about this subject in a recent online devotion. Here’s an excerpt of his post:
“I believe that in life we tend to give everyone around us a score. We score people when we first meet them (first impressions) and when we’ve known them a while (built upon a list of their strengths and shortcomings). It’s probably pretty hard to get a “10 out of 10” on any one of our current people-scales.
However, a new way of thinking is to begin to score everyone a “10”. No one gets less. No one gets immediately criticized (in your mind) when you first meet them. Those you’ve known for a while get a free pass and become a “10” to you now.”
Micah’s post reminds me of Philippians 4:8, where Paul tells us to dwell on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. That can be hard to do when you’ve been in a relationship with a person for a long time.
With those long-term relationships, we often begin to dwell on people’s faults because we know them so well. Not only does that make us discontent in the relationship, it also gets in the way of loving that person well.
In this podcast Micah will give us some insights on how to treat people that we’re in long-term relationships with as a 10 and also the people we meet each day. We’ll also be discussing how to treat others like a 10 when we feel like a zero.
Here are some of the Bible verses we mentioned on the podcast:
We also mentioned some guitar books that Micah has published:
- Worship Guitar In Six Week (Micah’s book on Amazon)
- 42 Guitar Chords Everyone Should Know (Micah’s book on Amazon)
- Special offer: You can also find Micah’s books and all kinds of other great resources at micahbrooks.com, including guitar lessons via Skype! If you sign up for 6 weeks worth of lessons, Micah will give you the book “Worship Guitar in Six Weeks” for free with the lessons. Just mention that you heard about it on this blog post or the podcast.
Micah is also the editor in chief at worshippublishing.com where he oversees daily devotions, the WorshipHeart book publishing brand and more.
Great perspective. Wise man indeed. I like the point about searching out our motives in how we see others. It always seem to come back to our heart and letting our Father’s light shine onto His children, all of them.
I really enjoyed this interview. You two sounded like you both were having a wonderful time and conversation.
Barb Raveling says
Thanks, Floyd, it was really fun to visit with Micah. I liked that part about motives too. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
Betty Draper says
Nothing encourages us more then to be accepted by others. Because we have lived in so many places, I have had to be flexible with people. When you come into a new group, you are just that, NEW. So I learned to work at being that a friend first. Good friendship take time and I have always found a few in each place we lived in who would take me under their friendship wing so to speak. I learned to be a good people reader due to having to do it often. Great post and podcast Barb…Happy Thanksgiving
Barb Raveling says
I bet that would be hard if you were moving around often. My husband has thought of doing traveling physical therapy where you move to different places for 13 weeks at a time. I’m game as I like change and I like to travel, but the friendship part of the equation concerns me as I think it would be hard to make friends for 13 weeks. I suppose I would get a lot of writing done. :) Hope you have a good Thanksgiving as well, Betty!
TC Avey says
What a timely post for me, so much wisdom and practical application!
I’ve been challenged lately with treating someone like a 10 who continues to treat me like a 2.
God has been taking me to 1 Cor 13 time and again. And I’m realizing that I cannot change this person but I can let God change me/mature me.
I liked the point he made about motives. That’s something God has been trying to show me. I’m guilty of wanting this person to change so MY life will be easier. I have to repent of this and seek Him again and again. Asking for forgiveness and being filled with HIS love so I can pour it out to others.
Thanks for this great podcast! I’ll be listening to this again.
God bless you both.
Barb Raveling says
That’s hard to treat people like a 10 when they’re treating you like a 2! One of those “good” opportunities for growth. :) So glad you enjoyed the podcast, TC. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!