Wednesday, December 28, 2016

All Round Prosperity, Peace and Progress

UV 2158/10000 All Round Prosperity, Peace and Progress

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth
3 John 1 v 2

In today’s parlance, this would read as “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” The manger leader or manager is a well wisher of all including his friends, followers and foes. He desires above all that they prosper in spirit and mind and body. He prays for holistic prosperity, health, well being and all round peace for all people. True health is not just physical but it is also mental and spiritual. The average leader or manager works for only financial prosperity- only one parameter matters- the bottom line of profits. True prosperity is not just financial, it is also emotional, intellectual, social, familial and spiritual. The body, mind and spirit are closely integrated and if the needs of one part is not met, the other parts also suffer. The manger leader is not concerned only with his health and well being but that of his staff and clients.

That said, the prosperity of the soul or the mind in conjunction with the spirit is the most fundamental need of human being. We cannot afford to gain all that is good in this world and lose our soul. The soul has an eternal and infinite value. In order to save it, God gave His own Son as saviour and sacrifice for all humanity. Our faith in Him is not static but dynamic and growing. It affects positively all aspects of our lives- spirit, mind and body. It enables us to live positively. The manger leader or manager knows that it is not enough to just think positive but it is necessary to believe positive, dream positive, speak positive, feel positive, act positive and react positive to even the most negative situations and people.

As manger leaders or managers, we should not let success or for that matter, failure to interfere with our happiness. We do not place success on the altar of our soul for it belongs to God alone. We do not place self or any other on the throne of our soul for it belongs to Jesus alone. We do not have to sacrifice our happiness, health or well being for the sake of temporal success. Inner well being is as important, if not more, as external prosperity. Inner well being depends on our attitudes. If we are rooted in Christ and growing in Him, we will reflect the attitudes that Jesus extolled in the beatitudes: being repentant, being empathetic with the suffering, being merciful, being a peace maker, being meek and humble, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, being pure, being willing to pay a price for standing for the truth. These attitudes when they fructify into attributes of the manger leader or manager manifest as the nine fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. Prosperity of the soul implies that we abound in these fruit in our inner life and its manifestations in our relationships. The manger leader is contented with what he has, with what God has blessed him with, but he is willing to work for more. He exercises the hope and option of progress. He does not confuse contentment with complacency.

Prateep V Philip

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