Be A Blessing to Everyone You Meet
Some that know me well are aware that I (attempt to) spend a few minutes each day praying, reading a Bible verse or two, reflecting, and seeking peace, guidance, and strength from the process. Last week I read Philippians 2: 3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
I have probably heard this verse a hundred times in my life; however, this time it stuck, prompting me to ask myself why it was so resounding. What does it mean? Is this verse applicable in 2019? Does it apply in today’s business environment? Will we be better by embracing others above our own interests? I’ve concluded on all fronts that my answer to these introspective questions is a resounding YES.
It is good to have hopes, dreams, aspirations and a purpose. Without a vision, we simply tread water, perhaps achieving less than we hoped for in our lifetime. If you aim for nothing—you are bound to hit it! However, our goals should not be met at the expense of others. Our ambitions should not result in the destruction of other people. Do nothing out of selfish ambition—thinking only of our own desires and interests—or out of pride and vain conceit. Pride is a destructive force that causes us to put our needs and feelings above the needs of others and focus only on ourselves. Selfishness makes us shortsighted and unable to see the big picture. Selfish ambition divides and separates us and goes hand-in-hand with envy. When we are envious and jealous of others and when our ambitions are selfish, we mistakenly believe that we must bring others down so that we can be lifted up. Our ambition should be to be a blessing to everyone we meet.
As CFO Systems Search & Staffing finishes its sixth month, we are refining our core values. I believe this verse has been placed upon my heart and needs to be one our core values.