Thinking Less About Me

March 29, 2011 — 2 Comments

Have you ever had several sources of information share a similar theme message in such a short time span that you begin understand that you need to pay attention? Recently, that message to me has been: life isn’t all about me. As we see in the Chick-fil-A video, this idea can have powerful implications for your business. And it’s not wonder why Chick-fil-A is so in creating an environment where people feel valued. We also know that valuing others above self is a major theme of scripture. Consider Philippians Chapter 2:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Then Paul goes on to talk about not grumbling and complaining – definitely not an easy task.

As I mentioned, there’s been multiple sources that seem to be communicating this idea. One of those has been a 2005 commencement speech by David Wallace called, “This is Water.” His notion is that selfish thinking is the default mode of our life, and we have to consciously battle against it daily. Here is a link to read an abbreviated version of David Wallace’s commencement speech by the Wall Street Journal. Or you can listen to the full audio here:

I was sad to read that three years after this speech Wallace died from an apparent suicide.

Here is the Give More Blog where I ran across links to a lot of this content.

Here is a link to Casey Graham’s Blog that includes some great advice on thinking less about yourself as a pastor or only your vision and more about helping others succeed.

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2 responses to Thinking Less About Me

  1. Great post Ryan, the Chick-fil-A video is very moving…
    It really makes you think about how the little things we do in life significantly impact the lives of others.
    The David Wallace speech is good too though it is sad he succumbed to suicide. I guess it just goes to show that life is a real daily battle, even for the best of us and that is why we must help/love and support one another to succeed in this life and the next!

  2. Dr. Jay,
    You could really hear his personal struggle coming through in the speech. He had identified the battle we all deal with, but he hadn’t found all of the answer. Since I heard his speech I do think about life differently. Waiting at the doctor’s office yesterday took on a different spin…

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