When you are in a position of leadership or prominence the world says that you are in charge and whatever you want or is best for you is what you get. Look at the way pro athletes functions, their goal is ‘I got to do what is best for me and my situation and they encourage others to do the same thing. I have also seen others that will change the schedule of those under them (workers, athletes, etc.) at the last minute, because it serves them better. They don’t care what those under them have on their plate, what they have going on, only what fits best with their life and schedule. It is frustrating to those who look at them and think that they are held up as ‘role models’.
I have recently had on my heart the issue with considering others before yourself, especially when you are in a position of leadership. It pains me to see the way that our world defines leadership, the way that we are a ‘me’ first and everyone one else later. As a child I learned the acronym JOY (Jesus – Others – Yourself). Putting Jesus Christ first in your life and then give consideration and thinking of others before we think/act for ourselves.
What does it mean to give consideration to, to think of others first? Consideration means to give careful thought to, or something that is or is to be kept in mind in making a decision. So when it comes to making a decision that impacts others (besides yourself) you are supposed to think of them first and NOT just what works best for you. It may take sacrifice on your part, but that is part of considering others before yourself.
In our life we are supposed to be like Jesus. Since He is the model of leadership that we are follow look at how He lived. He lived to serve. His whole purpose in life was not to live for Himself but to die for us, He gave up His life so that we may have life. If you really think about it that is truly amazing!
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.” Philippians 2:7
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:1-2
“Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;” Mark 10:43
The world says take, but the Bible says serve. How are you going to live this year? How are you going to lead? What example are you going to give/leave?
Happy New Year!