Looking out for the good of others

Thinking about the definition of leadership from the last post that is under girded with the desire for success of everyone that is around us kind of through me for a loop yesterday.

In my 6 ½ years in the land of great customer service, Japan, (minus the fact that they lie from time to time) it seems that customer service has gotten worse here in the United States. Yesterday I was on the phone with customer service and I was getting three different stories from three different people. Normally under these circumstances I feel free to point out how horrible the customer service is or how I have been wronged etc with little to no concern about the person on the other end of the phone. One time I actually felt like I had gone too far and called back and apologized but usually I just vent to some degree and move on.

Yesterday, though, I was thinking about how if I want to be like Christ I have to have concern for the person on the other end of the phone even when I feel like I am getting the shaft from their company or product or whatever. Some I am 24 hours into trying to be like Christ with complete strangers and not really sure what to do in certain situations.

While pulling out of the parking lot on a date with my youngest daughter Megan a car pulled behind us to get in the drive through lane. Not a big deal, I can be patient when I need to be. The next guy purposefully didn’t look at me at all and pulled up right behind me as well. I am continually amazed at how people don’t look out for anyone’s interests but their own especially in a case like this where it doesn’t cost them anything to help someone else out.

I jumped out of my car and walked over to the car to ask the guy to at least pull up to the bumper of first car that was behind me so that I can pull out. He won’t look at me and his female companion in the passenger seat leans over and locks the door. Seeing her lock the door really through me for a loop. What did she think I was going to do? Start screaming and want to fight? I guess in our country there aren’t enough people living like Jesus so that we automatically assume the worst of those around us. As I sat back down in my car and waited for that guy to pull forward, (the next car let me out, thankfully) I thought about how we have to go overboard to be Christ in the world around us because of how people automatically look at strangers with distrust.

The cool thing about our journey with Christ is how the Spirit of God applies different things to our lives. Looking out for the good of others would look completely different for you than for me. Right now, I think God is impressing on me the need to be looking out for the good of complete strangers that more than likely I will only have one contact with in life.

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