Although human nature is prone to be selfish and self centered, we can learn to die to self and embrace a whole new way of thinking and living. As I have shared about the different aspects of the love culture, I have been challenged to lead by example as well as been inspired by some of the positive feedback that has come through from a couple of friends that have been following and applying these concepts to their lives. Today, lets talk about selflessness….
One of the most important aspects of progression in all spheres of life is the offering and provision of service to others without any thought whatsoever of reward or self-gratification. Selfless service is absolutely fundamental, both from an individual perspective and from the perspective of the entire human race, without which there can be no true progression.
Selfless service should be offered and provided out of a genuine and deep desire to help and be of service to others others. It is an unfortunate but yet true fact that many people today will not consistently help others without anticipating something tangible in return, very often money.
Of course, people are understandably committed to their own daily needs, families and friends, often helping each other whenever appropriate. This is of course as it should be between families and friends. Selfless service however should extend far beyond family and friends. The meaning of selfless service is to unconditionally be of whenever the need for such assistance is apparent and appropriate, and whenever it is possible to do so, without any thought whatsoever for self or gain.
Our lives can be lived for any number of purposes. They can be used to advance a personal kingdom for selfish reasons (money, possessions, fame, prestige, reputation). But our lives can also be lived for the pursuit of justice, happiness, or growth for another person or people group. We can live to solve the problems we encounter in this world. We can dedicate ourselves to advancing certain ideals. But only when we embrace selflessness will we find lasting significance in our world.
We are uniquely drawn to those who selflessly give of themselves. Those who love and give generously find a type of fulfillment that extends beyond position, title, or structure. They find an authority that reaches into our heart and soul. Their example is studied. Their counsel is sought. Their stories are told in positive ways. And their happiness is truly lasting.
Don’t ask what people can do for you but rather ask what you can do to better the lives of others. This simple change of perspective has the power to radically impact and transform you life like it is doing in my life and in the lives of many other people I know who have adopted this way of life. Lets selflessly love and serve others!