1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 (The Message)

The Way He Wants You to Live

12-13 And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

Being selfless as a spouse, parent, and a leader means creating the atmosphere, the processes, the training, the habits; really, everything about what lifts those around you. It also stems from the foundation of understanding and facilitating the dreams and goals of your family, your friends, and those you lead.

Selfless definition: having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.

As Les Brown says, “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.”

As a spouse, a parent, and a leader, this idea is powerful.

The Key

The key to is motive and your attitude towards those you lead must be selfless. These days being selfless is counterculture!

It has never been more politically correct to be selfish in all the things that you do. If your goal is to be an effective Mom, Dad, Friend, and leader and you approach it from a selfish mindset, then every idea or tactic that you try will be of no use to you, and in fact will make things worse.


Because people know when they are being used or manipulated, versus served and supported. Selflessness begins by serving and supporting your team, your family and your friends.

Choose to be selfless and you Choose To Win!

I borrowed heavily from Tom Ziglar for this post. Tom Ziglar is the proud son of Zig Ziglar and the CEO of Ziglar, Inc.

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