Wednesday, August 3, 2011

success is being a servant

Zig Ziglar says if you want to be successful you need to first make other people successful.  Sounds like a principle from God.  Doesn't it?

I am convinced that we will make a bigger impact when we stop thinking about ourself and start thinking about others.  Thinking about others has many facets to it from listening, to working, to serving with our hands or giving.  There are so MANY ways that we can serve the people around us.  There are also many outcomes that we will see from choosing to serve.  Success is being a servant.

Listen to what Jesus said/did about serving and about being successful:

"So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last."

The greatest among you must be a servant.

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,

These facts are one reason why I am so excited about our back2school event that will take place this Saturday at The Community Fellowship.  Not only will we give items to these student but we will share with them and serve the kids by washing their feet.  This is flat awesome.

Last night 50 plus people gathered to stuff the backpacks for the event.  There was electricity in the air.  It was exciting to be here and to work together.  But the best part is praying for and thinking about the children who will get these items.  As we all prayed together, the sense that we are making a difference is so clear and so important.

You could even become an overnight success.  Yes.  Overnight because you know and meet people who are way off anyone's radar screen.  By the way that we serve people, others will know who we ultimately serve.  If we only serve those people who are like us or who will give to us, then we are missing much.  It is time to serve those who can't and most likely won't give back to us or to our organization.  Success really is being a servant.

back2school is an opportunity to shine.  Not for me to shine.  Not for our church to shine.  Not for our great team of volunteers to shine.  It time for our God and those we serve to shine.  To shine brighter than before since the real hope and purpose and push comes from God who is bigger and better than all of us.  It comes from God who has more for us than we think might be possible and has more for those we serve than they think will ever happen.  But it starts with you and me serving.

All through the planning and follow through of this weekend it has been amazing to watch people serve and give.  Beyond their ability.  Beyond their comfort zone.  All because of something much bigger in mind.  Other people.  What will we do today to help other people be successful?

Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

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