At Work, Put Others First

It's Not About You

 As a human being, it's hard to get out of our own ways and focus on others. Cheryl Bachelder, the CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, wants to serve those around her, but knows how hard it can be to do so. In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Cheryl discusses the importance of preparing to serve, and then shares her thoughts on maintaining an others-focused attitude.

Cheryl strives to practice her faith at work by putting other people first. But she recognizes that, because humans tend to be inherently selfish, she must prepare the right attitude before the day begins. She starts by being quiet and giving God a chance to talk.

How do you, personally, prepare for your day? Is time with God part of your preparation? If so, how do you interact with Him? If not, why not?
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Cheryl's focus is on serving others throughout the day. When you prepare to practice your faith at work, what do you focus on?
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Cheryl organizes her attitude of service around Philippians 2:3. You can read the verse below. 

Philippians 2:3 (ESV)

3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In your workplace, what does putting others first mean to you? How do you serve those around you?
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Cheryl describes serving others as calming down enough to focus all of your attention on the other person. During your work day, what distracts you the most from focusing on someone else? What could you do to remove those distractions?
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The workday can grow long, and sometimes it helps to refresh our focus on the right things. Do you take time or have options to stop and refresh your focus on God and others? If so, what do you do? If not, what could you implement in your schedule to refocus?
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Servanthood doesn't happen by accident. It takes careful preparation and consistent focus to serve others well. As you look at your work week, remember the importance of living out a selfless faith, and take the time to prepare. 

Only a Grasshopper

Perspective often helps reshape how we approach our lives. Cheryl finds perspective in realizing tininess of our abilities in light of the vastness of God's power. In this last video, she describes her view of herself.  

Cheryl understands that purpose of the Christian life is to impact others for the sake of God's Kingdom. The legacy we leave isn't wrapped up in our personal achievements—it stands unshakeable in the lives of those we've served.  

How would you define your legacy? In light of Cheryl's comments, would you change that definition? If so, how? If not, why not?
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Cheryl tries to remember that, before God in heaven, we are very small. What does this perspective mean to you and how you live your life?
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At Popeyes, they strive to honor those people who live faithful, quiet lives—those who are content to work out of the spotlight. Who could you honor this week for their quiet service?
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God loves people. As Christians, we have the privilege of showing that love to those around us—even the people with whom we work. As you go through your work week, take the time to prepare to love and serve others. Recognize your position before God, and take the time to care for the people around you. 

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