December 17; In The Service Of Others Makes For Happiness
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
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17 December

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
since you know that you will receive
an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23-24

In The Service Of Others Makes For Happiness

Sympathy

It was a picture of a young man, David, in his late teens striking a dramatic pose on a mountaintop. A huge poster some 5 feet by 3, it had a prominent position in his father’s offices on Capital Hill.

His dad was the Surgeon General in the Reagan Administration. The proud father, C. Everett Koop, was also known as America’s Family Doctor. He loved kids. He would write, “I could rarely discuss the death of a child without tears welling up into my eyes.”

Dr. Koop was the surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1946 to 1981. He pioneered the surgery to separate conjoined twins. He was famous and well respected. He didn’t have to work so hard. What drove him to keep giving so much?

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Theologian Francis A. Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop write in their book, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?,

Cultures can be judged in many ways, but eventually every nation in every age must be judged by this test: how did it treat people?


Each generation, each wave of humanity, evaluates its predecessors on this basis. The final measure of mankind’s humanity is how humanely people treat one another.  (Schaeffer, 1983)

This is the key to management. Major General Aubrey “Red” Newman wrote that, “the one basic quality all successful leaders had was human understanding…how can you be a successful leader if you do not understand those you aspire to lead?” (Newman 1996)

Managers must have this intellectual and emotional understanding and appreciation of how others feel. Army General Aubrey, whose career spanned some 40 years including WWII, writes that empathy is key to command. (Newman 1996)

The movie Conspiracy depicts that the Nazis were able to commit horrible atrocities because they did not have the capacity for empathy.

Schaeffer and Koop continue,

The Bible teaches that man is made in the image of God and therefore is unique.


Remove that teaching, as humanism has done…and there is no adequate basis for treating people well.  (Schaeffer, 1983)

Dr. Koop dedicated his life in service to others.

He played football at Dartmouth so he knew something about pain. Koop was always empathic, I would venture. But tragedy gave him a unique capacity for sympathy.

Empathy is understanding the experience. Sympathy is having the same experience. Having been there (sympathy) is different from — only knowing about a place (empathy).

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Young David was killed in a mountain climbing accident in 1968. Through this agony Dr. Koop would write that, “I might be better able to help parents of dying children…”

Dr. Koop died at 96 in 2013; his wife of 70 years, Elizabeth passed on before him. What a family reunion there was on the other side.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:24

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Francis A. Schaeffer; C. Everett Koop. Whatever Happened to the Human Race? (Kindle Locations 51-53). Kindle Edition. 1983

Francis A. Schaeffer; C. Everett Koop. Whatever Happened to the Human Race? (Kindle Locations 121-122). Kindle Edition.

General Aubrey Newman, Follow Me III, Page 58; page 196.

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