Do you have the courage to serve others? Do you have the courage to put what is right before what is comfortable? Do you have the courage to do what is right over what is easy? Do you have the courage to be a servant leader?
Some see it as a sign of weakness to humble yourself for the benefit of others. It’s weak to take the easy way! It’s weak to be selfish! It’s weak to be a bully! It takes guts and courage to be a servant leader! Will you answer the call?
Are you tough enough to become a servant leader? Are you willing to put others first? Are you willing to lift others up? Are you willing to serve? Are you willing to shepherd?
Today’s devotional (Character Of A Great Leader – Day 6 of 7) provides such wisdom via today’s reading…
9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”–from Joshua 1
God’s plan is for us to be strong and courageous! He wants us to be leaders people will follow. So rather than trying to do it all in your own strength, lean on God! So don’t be frightened nor dismayed for God is with you! As we learn this time of year when we hear the stories of how Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us!
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.–from Proverbs 28
When we have a clear conscience we can walk with confidence, with courage, and with boldness. When there are lies and deceit, there is fear and dismay.
Today’s reading concludes with …
16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.–from Matthew 10
Living right doesn’t mean it would be easy. God’s Word tells us that in this world we will have troubles, but to take heart because Jesus has already overcome the world! God’s Word also tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. So we know that it may not be easy, but we also know that God will be with us and so we don’t have to be afraid! So let’s do it God’s way! Let’s be bold and courageous! Let’s not be anxious for anything, but through prayer and supplication, let’s lift up our cares to God! Let’s not be afraid to speak the truth! Let’s not be afraid of doing what is right! Let’s be bold and courageous and do what God calls us to do!
Let’s be servant leaders! Selfless in order to serve others!
Today’s devotional speaks to this subject as follows:
“Great Leaders Demonstrate Courage”
One misconception that often exists regarding servant leadership is the idea that servant leaders are somehow weak. To the outside world, being both a servant and a leader is contradictory, if not impossible. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. It takes courage, strength, and humility to be a servant leader because it requires the ability to sacrifice one’s own self-interests for the good of others and the organization. In order to illustrate this, let’s take a look at the differences between the actions of self-serving and servant leaders, as it relates to courage.
Self-serving leaders lack courage for many reasons, but there are three that stand out. First, they are overly concerned about what people think of them, and as a result, they try to please everyone. Second, self-serving leaders seek to promote themselves. When self-promotion is the goal, courage is not necessary because decisions are made based on what is most expedient and easy for the leader. Third, self-serving leaders lack courage because they will not admit making mistakes for fear of looking bad. As a result, their insecurity prevents them from being transparent and vulnerable with those they lead.
On the other hand, servant leaders demonstrate a great deal of courage in how they lead themselves and others, and they are able to do so because they are clear about three things: purpose, vision, and values.
Servant leaders know who they are at their core, and they are very clear about their reason for existence. As a result, they live and lead with a focus on doing the things that enable them to achieve the purpose for which they were created. According to Rick Warren, “Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources.” Servant leaders understand that God created them to serve, not to be served.
If you want to inspire others and transform your organization, get clarity about who you are, where you are going, and what you believe. Then, act with courage by living out your purpose, pursuing your vision, and standing on your core values. When you demonstrate unwavering courage in these three areas, others will follow you because they will see a leader that is emulating the example set by Jesus himself.
–from Character Of A Great Leader – Day 6 of 7