Stephen’s Heart Note 3.4.19
Good MORNING Team!
As the physical temperature dropped this week, I find myself enjoying the illusion of a decent hearth fire via Netflix. My prayer is that each of you and your families are staying physically healthy and warm as March begins with gusto. Thank you for the most excellent responses this past week! It’s an encouragement to me that you took the time to give feedback.
In recent conversations with folks, I have mentioned a book:
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni https://youtu.be/8d0wta9pXT0 (short overview of book via Bookpal)
In this business fable, three key qualities proved critical in one person being able to adjust and interact properly with fellow colleagues and make sense of a muddled project situation: HUMBLE, HUNGRY, & SMART.
This week, I want to give some thoughts on what it means to truly be humble in this incredibly self-centered world culture we reside in each day. Papa Shain (Brent) always drilled into me that no matter what I thought, “the world DOES NOT revolve around you, hot-rod!” It was the mantra in many tough lessons about how to remain humble and serve others rather than my own selfish desires.
Quick breakdown of the humble characteristic:
- Able to receive accountability
- A servant-style leader
- Able to quickly recognize and celebrate the gifts in others
- Teachable & Trainable
- Confident, not conceited (self-absorbed or self-righteous)
This is not an exhaustive list, but it does create some key anchor points for our soul so that we are not defeated by the lack of humility in others. One of the main themes of Titus 3:1-8 is how to be humble and the beauty of mercy triumphing over judgment. Feel free to study that scripture on your own to form a framework of how God the Father reveals his grace toward us. Understanding this is the only way we can be gracious to others.
The lessons I’ve learned through loving accountability have taught me that humility only comes when I am acutely aware of my own shortcomings. After that realization, God shows His great mercy and creates a clean heart in me towards other people. My heart’s cry is to be completely rid of all personal pride!
Our goal in the business environment is to put others first, whether that be your fellow team members, families, or anyone else in your community. Thank you for making time for personal development, it will produce solid return on investment in your relationships. Check out this question, journal or reply if you’re willing to take a next step.
Q: What is your definition of a humble person?
We will leave you HUNGRY until next week! (ALL PUN INTENDED)
Stephen P. Shain
Shain Family Funeral Service
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