[vimeo id="95743913"]One of the blogs I follow is Don Miller’s storyline blog. He posts some great thoughts about life, relationships, careers and various other topics. In one of his recent posts, Don, questions the motivation behind why we want to change the world. Is it because we want to be famous and want to stand out or is it because we genuinely want change and want to help people? He explained that personally for him it’s a mixture of the two. His desire to be famous is pushing him to do what he does to help people. Regardless his desire to be famous, he is still making a difference in the lives of people. I think that it’s an ongoing process for all of us to get rid of our selfish motivations and become a truly selfless person. That’s what I want to talk about today – changing the world and changing yourself by keeping your motives in check.
So how do we accomplish this?
I think it comes down to the simple discipline of self-awareness. Know why you do what you do. If you realize your selfish desires are starting to penetrate your actions, take a moment and reflect so you can clearly see how to adjust your motives. One way you can fine-tune your motives is to make sure that you’re others focused in your actions. Especially as leaders, we must align our actions in terms of service to others and seeking their well-being – that’s how we truly change the world.
Once you adjust your posture to serving others, you will discover a whole new level of freedom and fulfillment. It’s the opposite of what our flesh would want, as it wants to be served. However, in following the example of Jesus, we see a deeper reward in the spiritual sense because we can serve others through the life we’ve been given. Jesus said that the flesh is weak but the spirit is willing. So, through the discipline of self-awareness we can cultivate a healthy posture, which will help keep our motives and our flesh in check.
I believe that we’re always going through challenges in our lives as we wrestle with cultivating pure motives for accomplishing our dreams. The Bible says to do nothing out of selfish ambition and in everything consider others better than yourself. Cultivating this posture is an ongoing process - it takes work. However, I want to encourage you that even though you might struggle with self-centered motives, ultimately, if you focus your energies to helping people, God will provide a way for you to accomplish that and truly change the world for his glory.
What do you think about serving others and changing the world? I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to drop me a few lines of your thoughts. Have a great day!