Reflection: The Greek word Agape means spiritual, divine love. It means unconditional love. When we have agape love, we give without wanting anything in return.
I was in a situation once where a colleague of mine quit his job. It was in the middle of the week and we needed to cover his responsibilities. I was called upon to help out in the situation. However, I did not feel I had the expertise to fill his shoes and do the program that he was working on. I was not happy with the situation but resolved that I would have to do it anyway.
Another colleague stepped forward and said he would fill that slot and I could do his tasks that week. I know he really did not want to do that, but he know that it would be in the best interest of everyone since he was more qualified to do the work of the one who left.
I gained a lot of respect for that individual. I knew he was not doing what he wanted to, but he put the company’s best interests ahead of his own. He was giving up something, not wanting anything in return. He was being unselfish.
I will also be indebted to him for doing what he did that week. I gained a lot of respect and admiration for him. We should all think of others first before ourselves.