Added Value or Self Importance?

9 Jul

Where? How? When do you add value? Can adding value become more about YOU rather than the family member, client, stakeholder, student.

We all want to be valuable to the endeavors and interests that we are part of. We certainly should desire to bring something; a skill set, expertise, knowledge, to the table so we add to the bottom line or desired outcome.

What if we become so focused on “adding value” that our identity and sense of self become dependent on being valuable to your spouse, kids, team at work, students in the classroom, the board of your company.

If you read the statement above and felt a ting or ping inside; value adding has become more about you than the person or group you are adding value to.

As a result of a growing and deepening relationship with Jesus Christ; I am shown on a daily basis when my desire to add value oversteps the margins of my servant heart and strays into shopping for self worth. As a teacher, football coach and aspiring author; I am in the value adding business. I see over 200 hundred stakeholders per day (students, athletes, colleagues) my goal is to add value to everyone one of those interactions; everyday. Not to mention, the three most important relationships in my life; Carrie, Isabel and Colton. When I am at my best; I lead with a servant’s heart and become a source (generative force) for my family, students, players, colleagues and whomever I make eye contact with.

When I am operating from the shadow of self, I need validation for the value I add through people telling me how great my value is.

The stalwart servant Paul in the early Christian movement explained how we can add value and not make it about us.

Romans 12:5-8

So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

By being a part of a larger body of people, objective or story; you are thrust into adding value. If your concept of adding value is to serve that body, objective, or story, there will be no space for your shadow to appear. There will be no “void or “lack” to operate from.

When there is no shadow, no void, no lack, adding value takes the form of source (generative force). As part of Jesus Christ’s body; the believer has different gifts. Each of these gifts are a source (generative force) to add value.

In looking at these gifts (value adds) each of us possess these in greater measure than others. I have found when I am trying to do too much; I am not effective in adding value to the body, objective or story I am focusing on.

There are three ways we can stay focused on adding life giving value:

Focus on your strengths as a source (generative force) to add value. From your strengths flow honesty, truth, and steadfastness.

Continue to develop the heart of a servant, it doesn’t matter your title or where you fit on the organization totem pole. Serving without expecting anything in return creates a purpose led satisfaction that adds lasting value.

When you lead, teach, encourage, give, show mercy with a focus on giving life, there is a natural outpouring of value, abundance, and synergy that creates an environment that is rich in substance and strength.

Your body of people, your objective, your story is counting on you to add value that endures, that sustains, that gives life, like an Oak Tree.

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