Pursuit of Happiness

“All growth depends upon activity.  There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.  Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to man-hood and the measure of civilization”.

-Calvin Coolidge

We all have a desire to increase in some way. Perhaps you desire to increase financially. You might want to increase in rank or position. What about an increase of joy in your marriage. Maybe you would like to increase in physical fitness. If we really think about it there are likely many more ways we would like to increase. For example, you might want to have more influence in your leadership. Here is a good one, how about increase in wisdom. I know I could sure use that. Giving it more thought perhaps you desire to increase your ministry. Maybe you want to increase your skill level in your favorite activity like sports or writing or painting. There are many ways that we desire to increase that are good and healthy and wouldn’t be considered greedy at all. Of course that really depends on the true reason for the desire for increase which is a matter of the heart.

Well, if you really want to see increase in any of these areas. I’m going to have to break the bad news to you. You’re going to have to work. Yes, that’s right. It takes good ole fashioned hard work. Sure, there are a lucky few that didn’t have to work for something to increase, but just how lucky are they really. I believe that if you work hard for something you will appreciate it much more and you will be willing to put in the daily maintenance needed to maintain it.

If you will put in the work, you will experience increase. It’s a basic principle. But there is something I must add, and that is, “servant leadership”. A good leader understands that to see increase in leadership influence or relationships, there has to be a balanced level of servant leadership. You have to be ready to serve and work hard. If you serve those you lead, they will be willing to serve each other under your leadership. If you can lead a group of people to the point that they truly serve each other, you will see increase in your leadership influence. And that’s going to make great things possible.



  1. AG


    This is all so true, the goal should be to so serve others we lead that they will do the same, good thoughts. AG

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