Living for others

With our Mission Training School underway, I have been reading about leadership, and particularly a book by John Maxwell called “Relationships 101”, a great book about becoming a servant and living for others.

A mistake that I tend to make as a leader is that I think too much in terms of influence and impressing, rather than in terms of investing into people’s lives. That usually reveals one thing: insecurity. Have you ever noticed that the people that encourage others the most are the most secure? When we feel the need to elevate ourselves above anyone else, it is because we base our value upon what other people think about us. In the same way, if we are unable to encourage, it is because we are unwilling to consider others more highly than ourselves.

Some of the first year missionaries in Jesus Revolution
Some of the first year missionaries in Jesus Revolution

Show me someone who thinks he is too important to serve, and I’ll show you someone who is basically insecure.
John Maxwell

So are you a servant, are you investing into people’s lives, releasing them to be all God wants them to be? Or are you insecure? Part of the cure is just to start serving in small things, and your heart will follow you mind. Use every opportunity you have to encourage the people around you, and to make them feel important!