Two Kinds of People


How many kinds of people are there? Some may say Longhorns, Aggies, Sooners, etc. Others might say Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Some might say young and old or male or female. I would argue the answer is two. There are two kinds of people.

Consider the words of the poet.

“There are only two kinds of people on earth today, two kinds of people, no more, I say; not the good and the bad, for ’tis well understood, that the good are half bad and the bad are half good. No, the two kinds of people on earth I mean, are those people who lift and the people who lean.”

Those words of Ella Wheelcox ring ever true. Indeed, “The good are half bad and the bad are half good.”

We all have strong hints of good and evil in us. But the end of Ella’s poem says it brilliantly. “There are the people who lift and the people who lean.” So which kind are you?

Jesus told the story of the widow who gave all she had. It would have been so easy for her to be a leaner, but she determined to be a lifter. Those are your only two choices. Will you lift someone today, or just be a leaner?


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