Adding Value to Others…

September 7, 2012

There is a marked difference between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom that comes with following Christ. The wisdom of the world says get all you can. Christ teaches to give all you can. The world insists greatness is measured in your accomplishment; Christ followers look at God’s victory through your life. One measures success as how far you can go; the other teaches that success rests in the distance you can advance the lives of others.

As defined by followers of Christ, leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others. Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “When you help others climb a hill, you will get closer to the top yourself.” In life, you are either adding or subtracting. If you’re adding to others, it’s intentional; if you are subtracting from others, I think it’s unintentional.

When people think about you, do they say to themselves, “My life is better because of that person?” Their response probably answers the question of whether you are adding value to their lives. To succeed personally, you and I must try to help others. That’s why Zig Ziglar says, “You can get everything in life you want if you help enough people get what they want.”

How do we do that? How can you turn your focus from yourself and start adding value to others? You can do that by:

  • Putting others first in your thinking
  • Finding out what others need
  • Meeting that need with generosity

My heart has been strapped with this question….for my own life and ministry. Am I adding or subtracting?



  1. Pastor you add value to my life. I pray that I add value to others. Loving on people is way of adding value to others. You do that is a very special way.

  2. A great lesson on how we impact others.

    Mom and Dad

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