“If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
During this Covid-19 time I have been asked many times of should our response be as faith-driven people who have influence, responsibility or participation in companies or organizations? I have said a lot and tried to give my best advice and counsel, knowing that this time is as critical as any I can remember and I want my counsel to be sound. And then I read a quote by Reverend D. Scott Dudley, who is the senior Pastor of Bellevue, Washington’s Bellevue Presbyterian Church. When asked how Christians should act during this pandemic he said this, “If, in this pandemic, Christians care first and care most, we may find ourselves in a whole different dialogue between the church and our culture what has been primarily a very toxic dialogue.” I was so struck with “Care First. Care Most” that it has become my first answer on how we are to show up in the marketplace during this time and at all times. What would be better than to be known as the person and/or the leader who cared first and cared most?
So much of this time we are in has been about protecting others, not just ourselves. Jesus taught us and then lived out the example of being about others and caring first and caring most. If nothing else imagine that we could come out of this all waking every day going into the day with these three things on our mind:
- Today is about someone else, not about me
- I will care first
- I will care most
Loving others as we love ourselves is not easy, but it is what we are to do.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:3 (New Living Translation)