Wow…what a day! Regardless of who you voted for in this now historic election, there was an “I remember where I was when…” buzz in the air all day.
Starting with meetings at Chick-fil-A at 7:00am, I had several different conversations throughout the day with different leaders about the election. Godly wisdom oozed. And the one theme that kept coming up in my mind as I had these discussions was the word “leadership”. Maybe more specifically, servant leadership.
Tuesday, over 120,000,000 Americans voted for the leader they felt would be most qualified to serve as the next President of the United States! What an incredible process. What an incredible responsibility.
Now, whether we voted for Barack Obama or not, he is our leader.
So, who is voting for you? In one of my meetings yesterday, I heard a provocative story about an exchange between a leader and a senior member of his team. In an effort to encourage and motivate his associate, he said, “You know, I picked you specifically to join our team.” But check out this response. “No sir, I picked you!”
Who is picking you? Why would they pick you? Jesus was so very clear about leadership… “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”
How do you want to be remembered at your company? What will your legacy be there? What lasting influence will you have in the lives of the people God put you in authority over?
Tough challenges for us all. But after all of the work is done, the numbers posted and judged, there will always be people and relationships. In Mark 10:42-45, Jesus gave us clear instructions on how we should lead.
…“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”