As I start today the thoughts going through my mind started with the proverb “where there is no vision the people perish“. As I considered the vision for my group it came back to quality and service. As I thought about those two areas I realized how it takes me all the way back to the beginning of my career after graduation and the lessons I learned and how it has guided me through my work career focusing on the customers. Why does a customer call in scared? Why does a customer call in worried? Why does a customer call in angry? With each of these questions going through my mind, I have worked throughout my career striving to make things better, clearer, and easier for the customers by looking to ensure quality and service! Be it when I was a developer and not wanting to write code that would cause a bug and cause a customer to call into the support lines. Be it when I was a program manager and not wanting an international spec to cause other program managers to write bad feature specs nor those specs to cause the developers to write code that would cause a bug and cause a customer to call into the support lines. Even across companies as I reflect today and even as I consider my new role that began to close out 2020, it all goes back to tech support for me and so working with my team and our stakeholders, the key will be to drive quality and provide the best possible service possible. At each step it almost felt like a self-fulling prophecy.
How about you? Was there something in your life that has guided or lead you through the years?
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 21st
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Philippians 2:2-4
‘fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.’
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Why do you give?
- Why do you sacrifice?
- Why do you put others first?
- Today’s devotional points out the paradox of life that by giving we receive.
- Today’s devotional points out the paradox of life that by sacrificing we gain.
- Today’s devotional points out the paradox of life that by putting others first we are fulfilled.
- Don’t give to get, give to serve!
- Consider a baby and the joy that comes out of taking care of them.
- Celebrate the success of others more than your own!
- We need to start low, in submission, out of humility to fully get to experience this
- We need to check our hearts and minds to make sure we are living our lives with the right motives
- We need to love because God first loved us!
- We need to serve because Jesus first served us!
- We need to give because God gave first! God gave His one and only Son!
- We need to do what we do, living our lives, as living sacrifices to God, secure in His love for us!
- That security in God’s love means we don’t have to do stuff to achieve status!
- That security in God’s love means we don’t have to gain our way into heaven, we just receive it through Jesus!
- That security in God’s love means that we love, we serve, we sacrifice from the overflow of our hearts that have been filled by God and so we demonstrate our faith by the fruits of the Spirit!
- Let’s come to the table in humility! Let’s not despise nor demean ourselves and our abilities!
- How can you choose to live today in a way that will raise the bar and help others raise up too?
- How can we come together in order to accomplish God’s purpose and plans in our lives?
- Let’s remember how the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it
- How can we live our lives in a way that will build character?
- How can we live our lives in a way that will build integrity?
- How can we live our lives in a way that will keep it real?
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Why, do you think, are most people (and even many Christians) so self-focused?
What would it take for you to live this paradox? How would it impact your relationships?
- See everything I have as a gift from God to be used and shared for His purposes
- Give as a conduit of God’s blessings in order to bless others
- Others would desire to have you as part of the team, project, process because of what you bring, give, and sacrifice
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
So has there been an experience in your life that has caused you to look out for others rather than focusing on yourself? Has there been a moment where such a decision or prediction has taken place?
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.