You Need To Care If You Want To Succeed
By Rick Warren
— May 21, 2014
Everything you do must be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NLT)
"So if God's going to teach you real love, realize that he's going to put you around unlovely people."
One of the most important keys to receiving God's favor on your work is this: you must care about the people you work with. Even when they are irritable, even when they don't like you, even when they make fun of you, even when they put you down for being a Christian, you must still be a friend to them.
- Start working enthusiastically.
- Understand who you really work for.
- Concentrate on building your character.
- Care about the people you work with.
Why is this so important for success? Because the number one lesson in life, the number one reason God put you on this earth, is to learn how to love. God is love and he wants you to be like him.
It's easy to love people you like, the people you find easy to get along with. So if God's going to teach you real love, realize that he's going to put you around unlovely people.
"Everything you do must be done with love" (1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT). "Everything you do" - that means in the office, in the car, on a sales trip, whatever. The good news is this really is not hard. It's easy to underestimate the power of a kind word, a friendly smile, a pat on the back, a genuine compliment, a word of encouragement, and a listening ear.
I have seen so many lives changed when somebody takes time to pay attention to them. There is not a person on this planet who isn't starving for attention. But a caring person is hard to find. The Apostle Paul said this, "I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare" (Philippians 2:20 NLT). Does that sound like your workplace? Everyone looking out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ? Those who really care are really aware.
People need affirmation, attention, and affection. Learn to care about the people you work with and show them God's love. "Be humble and gentle, be patient with each other, making allowances for each other's faults because of your love" (Ephesians 4:2 LB).