If you truly have love in you – serve one another
Healthy life. Peaceful life. Wealthy life. Joyful life. Do any (or all) of those describe you in your life? If not, my first question is “Do you love others as you love yourself?” If you answered “yes”, then the next question is…do you serve one another? After all, it’s only in serving one another that a healthy or peaceful or wealthy or joyful life can be had. Serving yourself leads away from those attributes. So does expecting others to serve you. That sort of expectation can only lead somewhere troublesome. Here are three things to focus on to help you serve others…particularly if you’re a Christian…
- Whatever things are true – it doesn’t matter that more and more people in the world attempt to prove that truth is relative and experiential. There are some things that are absolutely true. For example…the morning sun never “rises” or appears in the west. And it never “sets” or disappears in the east. Right? Some things are absolutely true, and dependable. Focus on them.
- Whatever things are pure – I know this can be a difficult area to focus on with so much grit and grime and despicable behavior in the world. But there are pure things. A newborn baby. A blue sky from a mountain top. A genuine love between a husband and his wife. I’m sure you can find other pure things if you look. Focus on them.
- Whatever things are praiseworthy – Look for some way to compliment others. It could be as simple as telling your barista how delightful your Americano is today. Or tell your mom how nice she looks in her new coat. How about telling your co-worker or employee what a great job they did yesterday? It’s difficult not to see praiseworthy things. Focus on them.
There are several other areas of life you can focus on to improve your circle of influence. I’ve shared them here on my website. But I want you to know how your focus can change how well you serve one another. If you’re only focused on the mistakes other people make, you’ll never run out of them. And you’ll never be satisfied. Neither will they. That focus helps no one…serves no one. There’s a time for healthy critique. But never waste an opportunity to build someone up. Your soul will thank you for it.
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