Learning to Lead is Loving to Serve
Learning to Lead is Loving to Serve
Many times in the role of leadership we hear, "Leaders must be servants." The Lord taught me the meaning of this phrase in a way He knew I would comprehend, by washing the feet of others (literally). You see, I had heard of a "Foot Washing" but had never attended one. I knew the biblical account of what transpired between Jesus and Peter when the Lord was teaching the meaning of servant hood but understood much better after this personal experience. I had just completed training as the new Executive Director of our center. I don't think the newness of the desk chair I was seated in each day had even worn off yet. This role was still very new and full of learning experiences. I attended a ministry event that one of our staff was the guest speaker. All of the staff that I was getting to know was present. It was at this event that I was taught my first lesson in leadership, one of humility.
As I was seated, I noticed pitchers and basins placed along the alter. There was a towel and a chair beside each basin. At the closing of a powerful message, people began to tearfully gravitate toward the alter. I remained seated knowing that the Lord would have to pry me from my seat to walk down the aisle because this was unfamiliar to me. Then, I began to weep as the Holy Spirit touched me....I walked the aisle to the altar. One by one I asked each staff member to sit at the basins. I can't explain the feeling of love that filled me. I remember so vividly that I looked into the eyes of one staff member. Her eyes filled with tears as she shook her head as if to say, "no." I nodded as if to say, "yes, I must." I placed her feet over the basin and began to gently wash. An overwhelming love penetrated my heart for this staff I would not only lead but serve. I understood so clearly.
In the Word when James and John were disputing over who was greatest, these were Jesus' words. Mark 10:41-44. "You know those that are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant and whoever of you desires to be first shall be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many."As I've developed in leadership, I understand that Learning to Lead is Loving to Serve. This may require that I am assisting with newsletters that need to be counted, sealed and mailed or cleaning with the team before a tour of our center or maybe washing dishes after a meal. When staff members see the willingness to serve they will believe in the capacity to lead and see a leader they will trust and follow. As a leader when your day is full of preparing for Board meetings or completing reports, etc., remember the love of serving. Walk the aisle (walk away from the desk), find a basin (look for an opportunity), fill a pitcher with water and wash the feet of another (serve with love and teach others to lead).
Learning to Serve Written by Vicki L. Jackson
Oh Father, how I want to serve Thee. Show me in every way, how I can touch some untouched heart and keep them from going astray. Show me Lord, my gifts unknown to me and ways I may help others draw closer to Thee. Father, my heart aches to help the ones in need, to give them some assurance of hope even if only a small seed. Nourish it Lord; water it with love and help it to grow so that maybe it will be another servant I've brought you to know. Give me guidance my Lord. Instill strength in my soul that I may lead others to you and their name be on your heavenly roll. (C) Freedom's Touch Consulting, LLC