It never seems to fail when I am under a tight deadline is the opportune time for people ask for my assistance. I am sure it is not always the case, but it really does feel that way. Can’t they see I am really busy with something? Can’t they see that I have my headphones on to drown out all other noise and am completely focused on the task at hand? Or do they really see the big neon sigh above my head that says, “Come on it and disturb me. I have nothing better to do!”
During the stressful times of a extremely tight deadline, it feels like an inconvenience to help someone else. Why should I be civil when they are insensitive enough to interrupt me when I am in a groove? I can imagine this line of thought was going on in the parable of the good Samaritan. Let’s take a look at it, found inLuke 10:25-37.
Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’
“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”
“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”
Too many times, it is easy to be like the priest or Levite when someone is in need at the office. The easy answer is to say we are too busy or even make up a crisis that needs immediate attention. Besides, we have our own work that we are accountable to deliver. In most companies, that kind of behavior is not necessarily frowned on. Some companies value teamwork above results, but not many.
The world will say to stay focused on ourselves. Besides, we are now in a selfie world so being others focused is not in style anymore. However, the heavenly principle is to help your neighbor. Who is our neighbor? In the original language it meant anyone who is not the immediate family. While our neighbor is the person who physically lives next to us, so is everyone who works at our company and shops at our grocery store. We are to be like the Samaritan, be willing to go out of our way and be inconvenienced for those around us.
Some might call it good teamwork and it would be, but this goes beyond the person on our direct team. It goes to anyone who can use our help to be successful. Adopting a selfless attitude and put away the selfie attitude when others are in need is an ideal way to be successful as an employee. It may not provide immediate recognition, but over time we become the person others can count on. That is the kind of legacy that will bring us success in the eyes of God.
Let me know what you think. Have you had success being selfless? Let us know.