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你的個人生活和工作中有哪一個目標是為了別人的利益？ 史懷哲說：「真正快樂的人是那些發現如何服事的人。」你對這句話有何看法？你認為這句話是否切實際？或是太理想化？ 當別人花時間與力氣來服事你，你有何感覺？他們的行為是否激勵你也想去服事別人？請解釋。 若你決定效法史懷哲博士的建議，去尋找方式服事別人，這會使你每天的工作和個人生活有什麼不同？
DISCOVERING YOUR DESTINY – BY SERVING
By: Robert J. Tamasy
We all have ambitions and aspirations. Some of us are striving to attain lofty executive positions or to achieve prominent management responsibilities. Others prefer an entrepreneurial approach, hoping one day to run their own companies. For some individuals, goals take tangible form – compensation or material possessions.
“Whatever makes you happy,” some people might say. And we tend to define happiness in terms of what we want. So I was intrigued by this statement by Albert Schweitzer, the German-French philosopher and physician:
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
How many of us sincerely shape our ambitions around the service of others? We can think of notable exceptions, such as Mother Teresa and Schweitzer himself, who built a hospital and established a medical practice in west central Africa in the early 1900s. But here in the 21st century, the notion of finding happiness by serving others generally seems contrary to our thinking, especially in the demanding, unforgiving business and professional environment where most of us spend our working hours.
At first we are tempted to dismiss this idea – achieving happiness through the service of others – as foolish idealism. Yet there are times when our own lives have been enhanced by the selflessness of others: a teacher who offered special time and attention; a coworker that voluntarily offered assistance, even when it was not required; a boss who invested time and energy to guide us, helping us become more skilled and productive, ultimately more valuable to the company.
In the Bible, Jesus often talked about serving others. The so-called “Golden Rule” comes from His declaration, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). Later Jesus recounted the admonition from the Old Testament when He told a religious leader, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18, Luke 10:27).
We appreciate being treated fairly and with consideration. So we should offer the same attitude and treatment to others. In many cases, however, this does not occur naturally. It requires intentionality, a commitment to focus on the interests of other people. One company I have worked with accomplishes this through a “values statement” that includes the following statement: “We look for the best in others and see each person as a unique individual. In all our dealings, we will treat each other with courtesy, respect, consideration, and acceptance.”
Here are a few other biblical principles worth considering about the importance of serving others:
Putting others first. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
Living out the character of Christ. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God…made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-7).
Serving in the power of God. “…we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit” (Romans 7:6).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran of 39 years in professional journalism, he is the author of Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring: 10 Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential.
Which of your personal and professional goals – if any – have been built around the interests of other people? What do you think of Albert Schweitzer”s statement that, “…the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve”? In your view, is it realistic – or idealistic? How have you felt when others have taken the time and effort to be of service to you in some way? Did those occasions motivate you to want to serve others? Explain your answer. In what ways would your day-to-day activities – at work and in your personal life – look different if you made a determined, concerted effort to follow Dr. Schweitzer”s suggestion to find ways for being of service to others?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review some other passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses:
Matthew 23:11-12; Mark 9:35, 10:45; Luke 22:27; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 5:2-6