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Significance Through Relationships
by Rev. Kong Hee
An average Singaporean is estimated to live about 28,105 days in his lifetime. That means if you get to live to your 70th birthday, you would have spent: 23 years sleeping, 17 years working, 11 years watching, 6 years traveling, 6 years eating, 3 years getting ready, 3 years going to church.
But really, is this what a successful or a significant life is all about? There are three things we can do with our lives-we can spend our lives, we can waste our lives or we can invest our lives.
I have a suggestion on how you can have the greatest use of your life — by investing it in something that will outlive you! And that’s what I call a legacy. A legacy is something which we deposit into this life that will outlast us for generations to come.
Whether or not we are conscious of it, throughout our days, we are constantly exchanging our lives for something else.
Consider this: If you give a couple of hours of your life to a movie, you’re in reality exchanging your life for that movie, because your time is your life.
Contemplate further: every dollar you spend on earth, you can always get it back. But the moment you spend your time on something, that time is gone forever.
So time is our most valuable possession. And that is why we need to ask ourselves, how are we using our time? When you’re gone, what do you want to be remembered for? Or will you be remembered at all?
Will You Be Remembered?
It is a universal desire to be remembered for something. We all want to leave behind a legacy, a mark in this world and all of us want to feel like we’ve made some kind of significant contribution with our lives.
And over the centuries, many have managed to do so. Take William Shakespear for instance. His works outlived him. Or Leonardo Da Vinci. Many people still admiring his works today. Run-Run Shaw built the Shaw Tower that is named after him and foundations like The Nobel Foundation and the Lee Foundation are also named after their creators.
However most of us, however, do not have the money or resources to do similar acts as such. So what is there for us to do to leave behind a legacy?
The truth is, success is not a guarantee that people will remember you. The moment you set a goal and achieve it, somebody will eventually beat your record and surpass your goal!
Let me ask you a question: Who was the richest man in the world during the year 1950? 1960? 1970? 1980? We don’t remember.
But does the name Mother Theresa ring a bell? Of course. We may not remember the richest men in the world or the top scorers in your school but you do remember the lady who once lived among the poorest people in India! Why is it so? Because she did something significant in her life. She made a difference in her world. In essence, success does not guarantee us a legacy. Significance does!
If you live only for success like most people do, you’ll be a very frustrated person because you’ll reach a certain goal and you think, “I did it!”
But weeks later, the feeling wears off. So you’ll go in search of another goal, another challenge. It is a vicious circle that will never end.
A Change Of Mind-Set
Therefore, we must change our mind-set in life-we need to move from success to significance. When we move in that direction, we will be able to leave behind a legacy that will outlive ourselves.
The key to being significant is to be a blessing to others. Don’t be a taker, be a giver! Give your life, your time, your energy and your talents to help other people become successful, happy and fulfilled.
Think about it, apart from the fact that He was the Son of God, why was Jesus the most significant person in world history? In fact, His impact was so great that CNN’s most famous interviewer Larry King once said that the one person he desires to interview most is Jesus Christ!
Jesus was able to live a legacy that has impacted billions of people in the last 2,000 years because He freely gave Himself to all mankind.
Galatians 1:3-4 states
“… and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father …”
And Galatians 2:20 also said
“… and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
God is a Giver, never a taker! If you want to move from success to significance, you must decide to be a blessing to others!
Take Abraham for example. By the age of 50, he was already a very successful man in the land of Ur. He was wealthy, influential and powerful. But God came to Abraham one day and challenged him, “Abraham, you’ll never find real happiness, fulfillment and significance … until you become a blessing to others!”
It is great to be successful and all the more if you are finding success through Biblical wisdom and principles. However, we should take it the next level and move from success to significance by being a blessing to others!
Being A Blessing To Other People
What does it take to be a blessing to others? It takes skills. Many successful people are so poor at relating to people, they hardly have any friends. They are so awkward that they don’t know what to say, how to say or even how to behave.
Therefore God gives us the entire Bible to teach us how to relate to others, how to treat one another, how to speak to one another and how to behave in the presence of one another. We all need to master the art of loving. In fact, the art of loving is what the Bible is all about. The Word of God is simply about loving God and loving others. There are three things we can do in order to be a blessing to others.
1. SERVE one another.
“But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. “And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
There are many ways we can bless others. We can help shift furniture in the house, help paint their house or even help them by just offering them a listening ear.
One of the first sermons I ever heard as a Christian is the one on “JOY.”-Jesus Others, Yourself. If we arrange them in that order, the joy of the Lord will surely flow.
A church should never be full of grumpy, grouchy, lonely, sulking, depressed Christians. Unhappy Christians have not entered into the joy of serving others and lack of opportunities can never be the reason because there are needs everywhere. So let’s find a need and meet it!
When you start serving one another, not for the sake of recognition, not for monetary gain, but for Jesus’ sake, you will start to become a person of great significance.
2. GIVE to others.
Giving is a gesture of love. Let’s be generous with our time, gifts and money! The definition of love is this: benefiting OTHERS at the expense of SELF. The Bible tells us not to be financially tight with people who are in need.
“If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, ‘Well, good?bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,’ and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do?” James 2:15-16 (TLB)
Do be generous with people and remember when we give, we must give good gifts — not what you cannot use anymore. And for those who give fresh fruit baskets, here’s a tip – GIVE FRESH FRUIT! I once had a fruit basket given to me filled with fruit that were turning bad and it was not a nice feeling.
And here’s another tip: be extra generous with the people you love. You can give without loving but you can never love without giving.
And the thing we should never, ever do is to give with a “CATCH.” Manipulation is the surest way of destroying a relationship. Jesus says that when you sow your seed, that seed must die. You should let it go and never give with a catch!
If you really have the heart to bless,