I was reading an article by Bill Simmons on Grantland, and in the All-Linsanity Mailbag, Simmons drop a bit of knowledge from a reliable source of his saying that Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t even acknowledge Jeremy Lin or addressed him by name when Lin first joined the New York Knickerbockers.
Oh. I bet Mike knows Jeremy’s name now and acknowledges his presence on the team. After all, Jeremy Lin single handedly saved D’Antoni’s job.
I mean, I guess you can’t blame D’Antoni for thinking that Lin wouldn’t stay on the team much longer… or that D’Antoni himself wouldn’t be on the team much longer. But still… as my wife once quoted, “Be careful whose toes you step on today because they might be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.”
But, in reality, it’s rather easy to dismiss people that we don’t think we’ll need in our lives, or someone who is on a “lower level” than us.
Someone once told me that you see the true character of a person when you see how they treat someone they don’t need in their life.
And I agree with that sentiment. People aren’t supposed to be pawns in our lives. And no one’s better than anyone. As Paul wrote, “For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.” Or from a song, “the ground is level at the foot of the cross.”
We also shouldn’t treat people good today for the sole reason that we may need to kiss their ass tomorrow. That’s still using them as pawns in our lives.
But we should treat people with respect simply because we are all human beings.
And just because someone is the “least of these” doesn’t mean they should be ignored or stepped on. Jesus had special words of how the “least of these” should be treated…