“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” – 1 John 3-17

“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.” – Deuteronomy 15:11

“Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” – Ephesians 4:28

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Hebrews 6:10

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16

It is amazing how following God’s word improves your life, even when it does not seem that way initially.  Focusing a significant amount of your time trying to help other people instead of always thinking about how you can benefit from situations, will not only help other people, but improve your life at the same time.

Sometimes it is hard to understand that by supporting the needs of family, friends, and others, everyone’s lives are improved.  When some people notice you sharing your time and resources to make life better for other people, they are there when you are in need.

When you put the needs of other people ahead of your own needs, God will be there for you.  That support will take many forms.  However, it is critical to help other people for the right reason.  Help them because you want to improve their lives, not because you want other people to give you credit.  Make sure your heart is in the right place.

Bill with his teammates.

Bill recently graduated from a top college.  He worked hard in school to make sure he graduated with strong enough credits to get a good job with the US Government.  He accepted a job from the FBI.

Bill worked very hard during his training sessions to make sure he learned everything he needed to perform his job. He studied all the materials carefully, and he responded frequently to questions from the leaders in the classes.  He had a good foundation for starting his career.

As he began his official duties, all his work during the training helped him meet the initial challenges.  His only challenge was that he did not work or share with other people very well.  He was always focused on his own challenges. 

After a couple of months, it became clear to his fellow workers that he was focused on his personal success, not helping the team.  After Bill worked with his team for almost a year, he found himself in a situation where he needed the help of other team members.  The other members knew Bill would take all the credit for any extra work.  It became clear to Bill that he was not going to look good when the tasks were accomplished.  He knew that he did everything he could to look better than others, and now he is facing the consequences.  Bill became very depressed.

Bill requested a meeting with one of his supervisors, Randy.  When Bill and Randy met, Randy explained to Bill that focusing all your efforts to make yourself look good does not benefit the team, and over time it hurts you.  If you don’t worry about receiving credit for everything you do, but focus on helping the team be successful, you will receive all the credit you need when the entire team does well.  Make your goal to help your follow team members and you will benefit without thinking about it.

Bill thought about what the supervisor told him.  He noticed that the team members who were most successful did not draw attention to themselves, they supported the entire team.  For the first time, he realized that he needed to focus on helping other people.  He did not need to pay attention to receiving credit, he will receive plenty of credit without thinking about it.

It took Bill several months to change his relationship with all the team members, but over time he benefited from the effort. 

After that experience, he applied the same concept to the rest of his life.  He was a strong Christian, but missed a key principle, to focus on help other people. 

Following Christian principles will make our lives better.  We may not see the benefits immediately, but over time our lives will be much richer when we know we made major efforts to help other people.  What benefit is achieving abundant wealth and not living a life that makes you proud of the difference you made for other people.  The satisfaction and good feelings you receive when helping other people is a much greater achievement than earning wealth. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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