October 12

Reflection

How do we define true greatness? Is it by name recognition, titles and academic degrees, personal accomplishments, power, wealth, popularity? Is it measured in the quality of experiences that we have been able to enjoy in life? How do we define true greatness? Jesus defines true greatness not as what the world counts as greatness. True greatness is serving others. Christian leadership is not about getting, it is about giving. It is not about self-gratification; it is about generosity and justice. In scripture we read various texts that tell us to comfort one another, to encourage one another, to always work for that which is good for another. Christian leadership is about serving others in the government, in the work place, in the home, in the church. Christ is our ultimate example

Prayer

Teach me, O Lord, to live in a spirit of humility and service.

Action

Acknowledge your own gifts and talents.  How can you use them in the spirit of service taught by Jesus Christ?

Suggested Reading

Jesus summoned the twelve and said to them,
“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his
life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:42-45

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Albert Schweitzer

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King Jr.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

Good leaders must first become good servants.
Robert Greenleaf

We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life.
Sir William Osler

We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.
William Arthur Ward

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
John C. Maxwell

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Jim Rohn

Few people are successful unless other people want them to be.
Charlie Brown

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