Get Yourself Off Your Mind And Gain New Perspective
We all have a desire to live a happy life. There are many concepts and they can be totally contradictory. The world tells you, that you need to take as much as possible in life and put yourself first. It tells you that you need to fulfill yourself.
The Bible gives us a different path and tells us the opposite:
In order to find happiness we
- need to get ourself off our minds,
- notice others, smile at others (the most wonderful international language), take time to listen to others
- make your “stuff” and your money available for God’s purposes.
Why? Keep on reading how your giving will actually return to you and will become a blessing for yourself.
Philippians 2:4, ESV says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Learn how this can change your perspective on life by reading below.
How Philippians 2:4 will change your perspective on life
This Bible verse asks that man take up the same attitude that Jesus Christ embodied. It asks that you bring into your life a value for the needs and desires of other people who surround you. Following this idea is how you change your perspective on life. This kind of value is something that ultimately will return to help you in life.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4
When we greet others with open hands and help them when we give to them, we will be opening our hands to accept new gifts from God as well. We cannot accept the new gifts if we cling to the old ones, if we stay focused on our own interests and ignore everyone and everything else.
Here is a personal credo that closely resembles Philippians 2:4, and it says, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
The emphasis, placed in both Philippians 2:4 and in the personal credo, logically come together to conclude that in life, helping others should be paramount. Not just so that you can live a life of servitude to the Lord, but also so that you can live a life you are satisfied with, a life where you are comfortable going to sleep at night knowing that you are helping others. Ultimately, this generous nature will parlay into your business practices because it will help your kindness shine through and allow you to be more relatable to others, allow you to go that extra mile to earn their trust so that they know you really have their best interests at heart when persuading “others to do what they want.”
Giving to others is ultimately giving to yourself, because the good you give others in your life will come back around to greet you in the end as well.
Thanks to Zig Ziglar for this article