But there is one carpet that I feel we all must walk in life, and that is the red carpet of humility. Almost a direct contrast to the carpet entrances that we see in media.
I need to embrace how I have been created. I am a new creature in Christ and for that reason, I need to see my life through His lens and I also need to view others through His lens. We are all created equal in the eyes of the Father.
Gender, social status, job titles hold no significance with the One who created me. When you strip away all the fringe pieces, and the outer layer of perceived accomplishments none are of value other than knowing you are loved unconditionally with all your faults and strengths.
When we no longer focus on self- serving ambitions, or needing to be continually affirmed for our accomplishments it is then we are given the gift of leadership. Leadership begins with serving others, following alongside and encouraging those that walk through life with us.
We are deserving of nothing outside of the Father's love. I love the phrase that our pastor Ken used a few weeks ago in his teachings on humility. " Humility is not thinking less of yourself as much as it is thinking of yourself less".
I do not believe that leadership comes with entitlement, it is a privilege to lead and to serve and when we have checkpoints in place to evaluate our motive in serving or leading it keeps us on the carpet of humility.
As we approach the Easter season, we are reminded of the incredible sacrifice of humility that happened so many years ago. The Son of God, humbled himself to be among us, so that we could have the amazing gift of eternal life without any cost. This past year my relationship deepened to a new level with our God - He is no longer Jesus, He is my Jesus. No one loves me more, cares for me, accepts me, understands and will never ever leave me. He is my All, my Everything, and I will serve Him in humility for the Kingdom. What an amazing privilege to serve the King.
I hope that you can assess your own position whether in the church, or your organization and think about who you are if you strip away all your titles, designations and accomplishments. Do you know why you were created and for what purpose? Praying this Easter season you take the time to do some inventory of where you are at this moment. Serve with gratitude, and no longer focus on how it will benefit yourself but instead how it will serve those around you. We have all heard the phrase "pride comes before the fall". Are you humble?