Humility pays off, always
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 3:8-9
The bible talks a lot about being humble, why do you think that is? I believe that its more important to be humble than it is to be right. Let’s say that you and your spouse don’t necessarily agree on some topics, I know that never happens but let’s say it does for this. Lol. Is it really important that you win the battle and what will it cost really cost you in the end? Those are questions that I ask myself every time that we start to bicker. Does it really matter if I am right? Will it matter in 5 years if I win this argument? Most of the time the answer is no it wont. I was always told, as a child that I could argue with a fence post and in the end, the fence post would give up before I did. I sure hope that I have changed that some.
Humility is something that allows us to see that being right isn’t all that matters. Sometimes we fight and fight and fight to get what we want and in the end, it wasn’t what we really needed. Being humble and compassionate allows us to see the other side of every conversation or situation. There is a good chance that we cant see the whole picture, especially when we get aggravated.
The second part of these verses talks about not repaying evil with evil. The best mentor that ever walked the earth, Jesus, spoke about how to treat your enemies. He said that if one of them asks for your shirt then give them your coat. Even if someone wrongs you forgive him or her immediately and don’t try to wrong them. I can tell you that I have struggled with this many times, and I’m sure that the struggle is not over. I try hard every day though to this my principle.
Lord, we come you to day with an extremely open heart. We ask for so much and you have already given us more than we can ever imagine. We ask that you help our hearts to be humble, compassionate, sympathetic, and forgiving. We also ask that you help us to be strong enough and have the courage to pray for those who have wronged us. Help is show them the love they so desperately need. Help us to follow in your sons footsteps and listen, really listen to his advice about giving. Lord we thank you for everything that you blessed us with, we thank you for your love, your compassion, and your sympathy. Lord thank you!
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!