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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

My first entries of this blog have discussed briefly my own personal and professional code which is described using the acronym “HIGHER”, as in “A Higher Education”, HBU’s slogan. www.hbu.edu. I focused on a different attribute each entry, namely, Humility, Integrity, Glorify, Him, Encouragement, and Respect. This last entry of the series summarizes what I have learned from these writings.

I stated that my purpose in life is to glorify God in my thoughts, words, and deeds. It is interesting that the phrase “Glorify Him” is in the center of the acronym, just as glorifying Him is the center of my personal and professional life. This comparison makes perfect sense to me, and it feels right. Glorifying God is my focal point, and He provides my center.

Because giving God the glory is central, the acts of humility, integrity, encouragement, and respect are natural (most of the time).  Keeping a Christ-like mind and attitude is often difficult in today’s world, and it is easy to forget to keep God at the center. Very easy. Alarmingly easy! But I thank God for His mercy and forgiveness when I fall short, and I make an effort to do better. I feel better about myself, and I have happier and more productive days when I try to be Christ-like.

The attributes of humility, integrity, encouragement, and respect are related. They each promote the others. Humility, or thinking of yourself less, contributes to the ability to (show) respect for others by thinking of them more. Respecting others is a way to encourage them, and they see that you are honest, trustworthy, humble, and of good character (integrity). Such relationship circles can be made no matter which quality is mentioned first.

It is certainly not that simple because people are flawed and very complicated. The patterns above are broken when God is removed from the center. When He is put back in the center, these patterns can be re-established with a little bit of work.

Being Christ-like is not situation or setting specific. (I heard a person say once that she only worried about how she behaved in church because she knew God was there, but she did not care about her behavior at any other time. Her regular treatment of others bore that out. ) It matters all the time and everywhere, because He is there. Inconsistency is not Christ-like and it does not glorify Him.

Healthcare providers, teachers, and leaders have a great opportunity to practice these HIGHER behaviors with their peers, patients, clients, students, and followers. The best part of that practice is when it pays off, and those peers, patients, etc. begin to practice the same mindset. It is a good feeling, a humbling feeling when someone who has observed you says they want to be like you, or they seek you out because of your Christ-like reputation and behavior.

I hope this first series has helped you get to know something about me. I love God. I love Jesus. I am blessed with a job that allows me to boldly proclaim my love. Because of His love for me and my love for Him, I hope to glorify Him in all things, and to conduct my life with humility and integrity, always encouraging and respecting others.

Thanks for reading.

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