Who was Jesus?
What is a Servant Leader?
Since women are often leaders-as moms and in the work place, I think you might find this helpful.
The message delivered Sunday by Dr. Jim Fuller at Calder Baptist was “Who is This? referring to Matthew 21 when Jesus road into Jerusalem on the donkey, the people laid down palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Then “the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?'”
Dr. Fuller’s final words to us were ones that each of us must ask ourselves as we mature in our walk with Christ – “Who is Jesus to you today?”
For me the fact that Jesus became the perfect example of a servant is one I cannot ignore or rationalize. Serving it the point. I watched my mother do it. The people I most admire are servants. It is only when serving that I’m most happy. In truth I believe service is therapeutic. If you want to heal, help.
I recalled a book I had at home, The Case for Servant Leadership by Kent M. Keith. In it we learn that there a reasons that servant leadership works.
- Self-awareness. Keith states, Servant-leaders are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They know that they are not perfect, and yet they can perform at a high level; they know they have their own emotions and biases, and yet they can make wise and fair decisions. By building on their strengths and understanding their weaknesses, they are ready to build on the strengths and understand the weaknesses of others. They are less likely to judge, and more likely to encourage. They appreciate the importance of teams, in which each person is encouraged to contribute his or her strengths to the task at hand. They realize that every person and every job counts, and they treat every employee as a partner and colleague.
- Listening. Servant-leaders don’t begin with the answer, the program, the product, the procedure, the facility. They don’t begin with their own knowledge or expertise. They begin with questions that will help identify the needs of others. What do people say when asked about their needs, their wants, their hopes, their dreams? Servant-leaders watch and listen before they take action. They try hard to identify needs, before they try to meet them.
Remember my favorite quote: “Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people can’t tell the difference.” Davis Oxberg
I am a Certified Professional Coach and I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My Website.