“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” – Lao Tzu
During a Kenyan Christian Union Foundation service I came across a few enlightenments that I had deeply pondered over for quite sometime- the sermon on the mountain.
This piece of sermon is ranked as the most striking, most powerful and popular sermons ever given. It has captured the elements of leadership by both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther king Jnr. among all citizens of the world. It is a step by step guide to understanding the principles and cost of true servant hood and leadership.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It does not talk about the poor, but the poorest of the poor. Those who could be considered beggarly poor. Men and women who have toiled and struggled, disgraced and disenfranchised- individuals in a sorry state of sin. Sin is selfishness- being always mindful of “me” and ” i”.
These individuals are the ones who can appreciate the worth and value of grace they have received. They know that to be where they are was not just favor- it was double favor. These are the folks whom as Christ later put it in his parable of the great feast- are the untouchables, who could not give anything back in return.
These people carry with them compassion and conviction that is essential for the work of change and transformation. They mentioned values are the definitive attributes of servant leadership. Men who understand the depths from whence they came from.
The doors to greatness is so small that those who go through it crawl. They make themselves worthless, so that they can be made worthwhile. They are beholden to the truth that set them free, and they give all to its advancement and glory.