Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On Being Other-Centered

This morning I shared with our staff about the importance of being other-centered. If you will indulge me, I will use this post to re-cap my comments:

Being Other-Centered: Focusing on others' needs
  • A biblical mandate: Philippians 2:3-4
    • 3  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better (or more important) than yourselves.
    • 4  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
  • A culture of kindness: Living aware of others' lives.
  • A stance of service: Thinking about how we can help others.
  • A heartbeat of humility: Choosing to elevate others' needs over our own needs.
I suggest that all of us give it a try!


Claude Musy said...

Immanuels Church is such a kind place and I feel it is one of the reasons the presence of God is so prevalent there.

Brad Lewis said...

Yes Claude, the people are kind and caring. Good word!

Greg Weiser said...

I would like to add 1st Corinthians 10:33 (KJ)
"Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many that they may be saved." Or as I like to say it, "the needs of the others outweigh the wants of my own.

mistica said...

Meditating on this thought, it is truly amazing how self-centered the majority of our lives can really be. Most of what causes us to act or react centers around our own selfishness, whatever that may be. This is one area I stress to my daughters. Putting one's self aside, or giving of one's self, for the good of another. Never should we think of ourselves more highly than we ought. We owe everything and deserve nothing, when you considered what was paid so unselfishly for us.

Brad Lewis said...

Thank you for that insight. A great verse. May we all strive to live by it!

Brad Lewis said...

Once again you overwhelm me with your spiritual insight. Thank you for that thought, and your imparting into your children.

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