Being a Servant - The Warrior's Journey®

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Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)

During the Revolutionary War, a large-framed man on a horse observed three privates struggling unsuccessfully to complete a log obstacle while a corporal stood by watching them. Despite the exhortations by their leader, they simply could not lift the heavy log into place.

The man on the horse asked the leader, “Why don’t you help them?”

The reply: “You don’t understand. I’m a corporal.”

The man got down off his horse, removed his cape, and assisted the three men. The log went into place easily. The man’s name? General George Washington. He demonstrated his leadership by being a servant.

From God’s perspective, leadership is not meant to be a matter of prestige, power, and control over others. Rather, leadership is influence for the purpose of helping the organization to accomplish its mission and helping those serving under you to maximize their God-given potential. If you are a leader, or aspiring to become one, give thought to these words from Jesus. He led as a servant.

He calls us to do likewise.

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