October 21–A 360 Degree Perspective

Each of you should look not only to your own interests,

but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4

In the business world there are performance reviews that are called “360 Degree Reviews.” Here, not only does the immediate boss evaluate the performance of the employee, but the people — peers and subordinates — all around the one being evaluated also have input for this professional review. Thus, a 360 Degree Review.

How good it would be if I took more time to sincerely look around me at the people in my life — whether they are my nearest and dearest, acquaintances or strangers. But not to evaluate their performance. Rather to sincerely look around me to evaluate their needs and interests.

I need to be more aware…more interested in the people around me…and more willing to help in any way I can — as I learn: what they might be going through, what their immediate and long-term needs might be, what their interests are in order to obtain their goals practically — food, shelter, clothing, medicine, physical care, an occupation, transportation, education… and spiritually — receiving, knowing and giving: love, hope, peace, joy, courage, wisdom

We all do need to look to our own interests in these life-matters. God knows that — and calls each of us to “…love yourself” (Mark 12:31)…AND we are to do this as we obey God’s call to “Love your neighbor…” (Mark 12:31).  

May the compassionately practical, spiritual and eternal love of Jesus move each of us — in a 360 degree perspective — to be more sensitive AND more responsive to the interests, the needs and the hearts of the people all around us…and do it all for the glory of our God!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane