I’m in the midst of compiling the top ten lessons I learned when I went through my near-death experience a few years ago. An important lesson is coming to the question “Who am I making successful – myself or others?”
Jesus repeatedly said, “If you want to find your life you must lose your life.” Looking back I now realize I had it backward. I spent decades making myself successful, all the while thinking I was becoming a better “leader.” I believe much of our absorption with leadership, in the Church, as well as the culture at large, amounts to the justification of selfish desires that fly in the face of Jesus’ words and example.
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
What can you do today to obey Jesus? In all our lives, God has placed people who feel like anything but successful. Your job and mine are to come alongside those he has assigned to us to offer to lift them up.
Maybe some of the leadership books you’ve been reading will come in handy as you promote others into the limelight you used to live in.
Originally posted 2012-02-02 12:07:44.