Well the old is gone and the new has come. It is difficult for me to believe that 2015 went so quickly and now we are in 2016. With the new year comes new opportunities and new possibilities.
Many are consumed already with their New Year’s resolutions, and I would guess, that most of them are centered around ourselves such as our daily routines, personal goals, diets, etc. But having just received news of a godly man’s sudden death on Monday, as we enter ’16, allow me to offer you a suggestion along with your other commitments.
What if this year was not focused on our perceived successes but we sighted in on becoming more significant? I mean, truly, at the end of our lives, joy will not be found in how much we gained, but in how much we gave! Did we make an impact? Did we make a difference? Author and leadership mentor, John Maxwell says that when we add value to others, we grow from being merely successful to living with true significance!
To “add value to others” is to become intentional about making someone else’s day! To serve someone around you! What if in 2016 we chose to look out for the well-being of others as well as ourselves? The scriptures teach us to live with this attitude! “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NASB
I am becoming more and more convinced that, I am most “successful” when I am helping others to succeed! It seems too much of our lives are spent on trying to “get ahead” and we tend to forget about serving those around us and helping them to grow and prosper. Our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ taught us by His own example that serving others is to be our desire. In Jesus’ own words he stated “….the Son of Man (JESUS) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 NASB. He desired to live with significance, not the world’s ideas of success. He also told us several times that as He did, so we, the followers of Christ, must do as well!
You know, the godly man who passed away on Monday was a servant to others. He blessed me in many ways. I was at a few retreats with him. I was at a church with him in Billings on several occasions. I saw him working and serving several times at that same church and retreat setting on different occasions. I have no idea how much money he made. What kind of car he drove. I don’t know where he worked. I have no concept of how much he was worth but his kindness made me feel extremely valuable. His loving compassion and servant’s heart, impacted my life greatly. He added value to me when I was around him! He made a difference in my life! He lived with the attitude of looking out for the interest of others.
Why don’t you join me as we determine in our hearts that for 2016 we will follow the example of Jesus and serve others! Go ahead! Make someone’s day!
Scott Lee is a pastor with the Bethesda Worship Center.