There’s a huge struggle to recognize greatness in the world for what it truly is. Many people get stuck in the “you’re not all that” mode of putting people down, when in reality, they’re taking away from no one but themselves. You rise up to greatness in this world by lifting others to significance through giving more of yourself. Be the servant who rises up by making others greater.
You become great by making a significant contribution
in the lives of others in the world.
As a Christian we’re taught to follow the example of Christ and be more Christ-like. How could we be more Christ-like, than by becoming a servant. And yet, He was raised up.
We can be raised up by being servants too.
After Harvey took a toll, two young men from my hometown pulled together loads of helpful products to take to those in need. They invited others to donate product and offer assistance, so their giving included receiving as well. The point I’m making here is that not only were they giving with open hands, they were open to receiving too.
Ryin Roberts and Paul Specht each came up with an idea to take trailers of products,
but they needed others to provide the products they take.
When you offer to serve others, open your arms to including the services of others. You don’t have to do it all alone. And you don’t have to take all the credit. Share the load and share the road, as they used to say when the buggy was pulled by a horse or oxen.
So let’s talk about the 7 ways you can rise up to greatness:
1 – Be a willing participant in the world around you.
Did you ever hear someone lament how they’re lonely or bored? If you really look at the person, you can probably figure out why. They’re either really selfish and self absorbed, seeking their own interests only, or they’re just so totally full of themselves that they can’t find anyone or anything else to share.
I remember hearing a young man tell me how bored he was, when I was about 24. The concept of boredom had literally never entered my mind. I could always find something of interest, or someone to help, or something to do – for others. The concept of looking outside yourself to find solutions comes easy when you’re open to helping others. Be a helper.
Some of the greatest men of our time are helpers. Vice President Mike Pence is one of those men.
2 – Look for the joy in every single moment of your life.
When you seek joy in every moment, you rise up to greatness. The reality of life is that there really and truly is joy in every moment. Even the saddest moments of your life, if you look – you will find joy there.
A few years ago, I lost my mom to cancer. The shock of losing her was horrifying, and yet… the joy that had been mine for a lifetime, and would continue – in knowing her – was right there in that moment as well. Even in the lowest moments, if we look – we will find joy.
3 – Look for the helpers in every crisis as they rise up to greatness.
Recently, a friend mentioned the helpers. Lucille Zimmerman said, “Look for the helpers in every crisis, and you’ll feel better about the situation.” The helpers always show up. They’re the ones who step into action in the first minutes, and in the last minutes. The helpers are the people who don’t run from the crisis, but instead, turn and run toward it… Helping others. Not only do they rise up to greatness, they lift others with them. There are always helpers.
Be sure that you are a helper, too. Show up and help out. You’ll be happier and better off for your effort to help others.
4 – Don’t worry about who gets credit for what is done for the benefit of others.
Do you get the benefit, or do I get it? Who gets the credit? Is there a blessing, or payment coming for our effort? How much do I receive? How much will you receive?
Really? Does it matter?
How much more could you accomplish if you didn’t give a rats banana in Hades who got the credit for what you do? If you weren’t so busy counting the cost, taking the credit, or making sure you got what was coming to you for your effort, do you think you might accomplish more?
“It is amazing what you can accomplish
if you do not care who gets the credit.”
― Harry Truman
In a moment of crisis, as I struggled to find a solution, I made a statement a while back, “I trust God completely, but there have been times when He hasn’t provide what I thought I needed at the time. And I felt abandoned by God.”
The person I was talking to pointed out that I might have been expecting God to provide what wasn’t His to provide. “Perhaps, it’s someone else who should be blessing you.”
Do you keep track of the blessings you give away and the ones you receive?
I stand by my statement of feeling God had abandoned me. I knew better. My feeling didn’t stop my faith, end my hope, or make a significant change in my Bible Reading habits – in fact, I may have read it more. The point is, God is big enough to handle our disappointment, anger, and frustration. It’s His plan. It’s His reality we’re living. He knows He’s going to piss us off now and then when we don’t get what we want from Him, and he’s evidently good with that.
Rethink how much it matters who gets credit for what you do. Then just be glad you got it done. Rise up to greatness, and do more.
5 – Don’t blame others for your lack of personal effort.
Pat Williams, a good friend for many years, and many other people have said those ten little two letter words that can make a life change of difference in anyone’s life.
If it is to be; it is up to me.
And I’m here to tell you that if you can do it, you’d better be getting it done. Don’t wait for help, and don’t harp about who isn’t helping you do your job, or who didn’t do theirs… Just get the job done.
Don’t be a slacker, just do it. Rise up to greatness, alone if you have to. Don’t wait for someone else to take you there, and don’t blame them for you not getting there. Rise up, and do what has to be done.
6 – Give more; you cannot out-give God.
Your generosity will rise you up to greatness, if you give for the right reasons. We’ve all met people who give to show people how much they give. But remember the widow’s mite? The widow gave all she had… Not to show how great she was, but because she needed to give. She felt led to give everything, and she did. And she was blessed because she gave.
But she didn’t give to get a blessing. She gave out of the generosity of her heart.
Think about this…
If you’re holding onto your last dollar, your hand is closed. You can’t receive anything, because your fist is closed tight against accepting anything at all. You may keep your last dollar, but chances are good you won’t get anymore.
Open your hand and hold that same dollar… Isn’t there room in your hand for more? And could you not hold more if it came to you?
Give more. You can’t out-give God. And when you give you rise up to greatness. You will rise.
7 – Make a contribution to others because that’s what you do.
My favorite line. My favorite message is “make a difference.” The reality that we all face in life is that we never really have ‘enough’. No matter what it is we have, if we’re counting the cost, we never have enough. We don’t have enough to pay the bills, to give to others, to share with anyone, if we’re counting the cost. The costs of life will eat us up, if we let them.
But when we count it all as lost and make a contribution with a determination to make a difference, we can always give more.
You become great when you make a significant contribution into the lives of others. Zig Ziglar said, “When you help enough other people to achieve their dream, you will achieve yours.”
How many people have you helped to achieve their dreams?
I’m convinced that as a nation we are to be exceptional, because we are to be blessed for what we give to others. God’s blessing on this nation has been greater than all other nations in the world, and I firmly believe that we are a blessed nation because we reach out to others and bless them.
For this reason, I believe America is great, and will be greater still.
If you don’t know how to make a contribution to the world, let me help you figure out what gifts you have. Let’s talk over coffee.