How Do We Bless Those around Us in A Messed Up World?
The wise words of Zac Brown—“I’ve been thinking about the mark that I’ll be leaving”— got me thinking about how we leave a mark. I was further moved by a recent sermon by my good friend Dave Clayton at Ethos Church in Nashville that explored a simple topic—how we bless those around us in a messed up world?
Before you become concerned, this blog post will not be a sermon. I submit, however, that whatever your religious or ethical beliefs, you can recognize the importance of leaving the world around you, and the people around you, better off for having come into contact with you. You don’t have to be a committed Christian to know that treating others the way we want to be treated is a better way, it’s a way to leave a good mark.
The world seems dark and scary right now, different than 2008, yet scarier in some ways. In 2008, we were all scared together—scared of the unknown, scared of the financial tsunami that seemed to threaten all of us, and scared of the impossibly long horizon of threats and worries in front of us. Nowadays it seems we are often scared of each other, and a dark and fearful tone pervades much of our public discourse. Some people even praise those who “say what everyone thinks and won’t say,” instead of worrying why we all think those things in the first place. I believe we are called to think different things, to love others or at least tolerate them and their differences until we can bring ourselves to love them.
As we launch our corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort at ReviveHealth, I’d like to reflect on the ways we can bless those around us in a messed up world. This is not an esoteric idea, but in many ways a recitation of ReviveHealth’s culture and values and how they play out in the real world every day—in our offices, on Zoom and GoToMeeting, on the phone, and in client board meetings and conference rooms around the country.
- At work every day – we can encourage one another, know each other, and live in each other’s lives.
- With our clients – we can show them that we care about creating value and earning our money, yet also that we care about them as people, and we have deep relationships with them.
- With the people we interview for jobs – we can show them that we want to get to know them as people, and whether they join us or not we have offered encouragement.
- With the people we pitch for new business – we must demonstrate that we care about them as people and not just their budgets, not because that’s what they want, but because that’s who we are. That should be the same thing we do with clients, yet at the first stage of a new relationship.
- And with the communities we live in – now we can bless them through our time and attention and work as part of our CSR effort.
ReviveHealth is defined by optimism and encouragement. We are defined by relationships. Our culture and values are all about people—their potential, their connection with one another, and their growth (individually and collectively).
I believe that we can bless those around us in a messed up world in little ways every day, in big ways from time to time, and in big ways on an ongoing basis as we serve our communities through our new CSR initiative. We must bless those around us in a messed up world specifically because it’s messed up—the world needs light, and good examples, and I hope we can be that in ways small and big. We can do that, I believe, through the values that we at ReviveHealth have chosen to adopt, values that serve as a compass for our individual and collective actions and for the way we go about our business.
Onward and upward.