The Art of Making People Look Good

This morning I read this and I thought— what great words of wisdom.  I need to share this post.  If not for others to read and wrestle with, then for the sake of myself that I can come and look at it again and again.  And I have to say, I am not good at what it talks about.  So I am taking these words to heart.  And I pray you will too.    

It is from Beth Jones.  (She and her husband minister in Michigan.)  

One major lesson in the Christian life, in ministry, in marriage, in family and in most relationships is the fine art of making other people look good.

What does it mean to make others look good?

It means we consider others to be better than ourselves. It means we decrease and they increase. It means we seek the well being of others. It means we humble ourselves and trust God. A tall order!

In real life, it might look like this:

It’s the employee who works hard behind the scenes to make his or her boss shine in public.

It’s the wife who dots the “i’s” and crosses the “t’s” when no one is looking to make her husband look great when everyone is looking.

It’s the multitudes of men and women in uniform who daily lay down their lives so we can enjoy ours.

It’s the dad who coaches his kids when he’s already overworked and exhausted, to give them confidence to be their best later in life.

It’s the mom who sacrifices her desires in a given season so that she can help her kids be all that God wants them to be.

It’s the coworker who does most of the work, but lets his or her teammates share in the credit.

It’s the people at church in the ministry of helps, ushering, traffic, prayer, administration, tech, backstage and a host of other invisible roles who help the speaker do his or her best when they are front and center and very visible.

It’s the employer who gives accolades, gifts, benefits and rewards to employees to honor their efforts and help them shine.

It’s the brother or sister who celebrates the success of his or her sibling as they skyrocket to success.

It’s the friend who didn’t get the job or make the cut, but congratulates and celebrates their friends who did.

It’s the leader who gives the young up-and-comer a leg up and an opportunity for success, knowing that this mentee could very well have success that eclipses his or her own.

It’s the person who plans, prepares, works, sweats and executes without notice, so that others can be noticed and receive compliments and kudos for a job well done.

It’s Jesus Christ who laid down His life on the cross where He made the Great Exchange by taking our sin, sickness and lack so we could be forgiven, have eternal life, health, healing and abundance. Jesus was the Master at making us look good through His work on the cross!

It takes a person of great maturity, humility and faith to make others look good. The Bible has a lot to say about the godly qualities of this type of person…

They know how to decrease: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30, NKJV)

They know how to seek things that matter to God:
“For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:21, NKJV)

They know their place: “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time….” (1 Peter 5:5-6, NKJV)

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One thought on “The Art of Making People Look Good

  1. I love that. I think many people struggle with this. In this “mine,mine, mine!! I want , I want , I want!!!” society I most people do not realize the importance of being humble. Myself included. Great post.

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