Greater Good

Half DomeChoosing that which brings about the most good as compared to other choices

My constant prayer for myself is to be used in service for the greater good. Oprah Winfrey

What one thing can you do today to be of service to the greater good? Tara Killen

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. Napoleon Hill

  How often do we make decisions based on the greater good? Is it a rarity or often that we do this? If it is relatively rare then this is not so good. Our decisions that are not made based on the greater good are probably flawed and are not our best. Decisions made on the greater good principle implies that after careful consideration we decide on a course of action to do what we can do that is the best we can do that has the greatest benefit for the most people. “Greater good” decisions are unselfish decisions. They can be rather difficult for most of us.

Many of us are too selfish in our day to day lives. We mostly think of ourselves and perhaps our families and friends but not necessarily others outside of those we love and care for. How often do we sacrifice for non-loved ones? How often do we go out of our way to do something for someone else with no thought or care for getting anything in return? How often have we given of ourselves totally anonymously? In the world in which we live it is very hard to do such things. We live in a selfish world. We may talk the “Golden Rule”. It is a different story to practice and live by it. Being a “Good Samaritan” is also a guiding principle we should try to implement in our lives. These kinds of things will help us to overcome our selfish tendencies.

Becoming the best person we can become is something all of us should seek. It is not so easily done. If we live and act as most people; we almost always look out for and think of ourselves. This does little in helping us to make much progress in becoming a better version of ourselves. Each of us has to challenge ourselves to have higher standards. Seeking the greater good as a basic principle of living is a great foundation for challenging ourselves to live better lives. Every time we are able to make such decisions we open the door within to be able to do this a next time and again after that. We lay the groundwork for making it a part of who we are becoming.

Before we finish our decision making, we need to start asking ourselves, did we decide for the greater good?

Challenge: Selfishness is mostly a natural state for most of us. You must be proactive in your decision making to overcome selfishness. Be aware of thinking through what represents the greater good and try make more of your decisions with the greater good as your objective. The more you do this the easier it may become. It may never come easy; it can become easier. You can overcome selfishness by deciding to be unselfish and being so.

Wisdom: Do you little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the world. Desmond Tutu

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

It is love that enables us to overcome selfishness. The more we can have love in our hearts, the more we can do loving and unselfish acts for others. Unselfish love does not come easy, we tend to have ulterior motives even when we think we are acting in a loving way. The true source of Love is God. He can empower and equip us to truly love others. If we reach out to Him and accept his love He will empower us to be more loving to others

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude in my heart.


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