In the “Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”, Andrew Carnegie used the following words to describe his uncle: “My dear, dear uncle, and more, much more than an uncle to me.”
When he said that, I immediately started thinking of people in my life who are and were more, much more than they had to be to me:
- My mentor, Larry Bettencourt, is much, much more to me than a pastor and mentor in my life.
- Mike Steidel is much, much more than a father-in-law to me.
- My grandparents were much, much more than grandparents to me.
- I have friends that are much, much more than friends to me
We all have people in our lives that have been much, much more than they had to be to us.
There are two lessons we can learn from this:
1.) We should be thankful and express our gratitude for people who have been more, much more to us than they had to be.
2.) We should endeavor to be more, much more than a son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, neighbor, teacher, boss, friend, or mentor to the people God has surrounded us with.
We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can be more, much more than what we have to be to someone.
My challenge to you today is to intentionally be more, much more than you have to be to the people in your life this year. Pick a few people right now and find ways serve them. Andy Stanley often says, “Our goal should be to do for one what we wish we could do for everyone.”
Perhaps the greatest compliment we could ever receive is that we were more, much more than we had to be to someone.
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