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To Lead You Must Serve

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I am not a leadership blogger. At least, if I were to write down the top 3 things that identify who I am, a leadership “guru” would probably not make it onto that list. I do consider myself to be: 1) Christ-Follower 2)Wife 3)Mother 4)Servant

It has taken me a long time to realize what it takes to be a good leader. Whether you’re a parent, a spouse of someone in ministry, or the director of a non-profit, leading is actually not the word I would use to describe someone who is a successful leader.

To Lead You Must Serve

Think of your pedestal pastors. You know those sermons you listen to and think, “WOW! Now, HE is a great leader.” What does that person do that makes you place him/her so high? When I think of those whom I follow, either in my faith or in my work, I am not really into following the self-proclaimed leader. Rather, I’m more interested in following those who would wash the feet of those below them. Think of this scripture:

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. –John 13:12-17

Your leadership role should not be in your top three of the things that identify you, however, a servant should always be. The greatest Leader of all stepped down to serve, and that is what we must do as leaders in whatever field we are pursuing.

In Him,

S

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