Highlands Blog: Servant Leaders Do What is Right, Not What is Easy
by Mr. Patrick Brown
Human Resources Director, Highlands Alumni & HCA Dad
Do what is right, not what is easy. I have heard this quote many times over the course of my life, and it’s something I learn more about every day.
Choosing the right thing over the wrong thing can be as simple as making a small choice to complete a basic task—or as complicated as wading through an impossible set of obstacles to get to a desired end result. This gray area is often where we can find ourselves stuck weighing the balance of our decisions, but Christians know we can look to Jesus and His Word to determine the hard choices in life. Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him”- John 14:23. We can cling to this hope as we make our way through a tough range of life’s dilemmas.
Servanthood is hard, but a right and worthy endeavor. It’s easy to fly under the radar at times. There might be a temptation to fall into the lie that as long as we’re busy then we must be serving! Who are you serving? I ask myself this question often to keep me honest, because it is easy to believe, in our own minds, that all our choices are in service to everyone. Most times, even if it does serve others, it is also for ourselves. We must be sure that what we are doing is in service to the Lord first, others second (and it will always be in our nature to ensure we are covered). God has granted us freedom, especially in America, to make our own choices. We should be serving the Lord and others with that freedom. For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13.
Good leadership calls for tough choices. We are all leaders. You might think that you don’t have anyone who reports to you or who looks to you for advice, but you would be wrong! I have found that in the many roles I have played, if I have human interaction in any form, someone I am serving looks at my example to judge.
People make tough decisions which can range from choosing what or how to say something around friends…to making an important call on something that can affect an entire organization. These choices should always be an honest and open part of leadership that point as many as possible towards the work of Christ. These choices should be made with prayer and study of God’s Word, and whether day-to-day or long-considered, should be as correct as we can make them, even if not popular with the current crowd.
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. – 1 Peter 3:13-15.
Loving your neighbor is not lazy work. Jesus died a gruesome and horrible death for us. That is love at its most pure. We can do a little extra or put some sweat on our brow for our neighbors. Being a servant is not a natural calling, but is what we have been called to do. I don’t know many people that say they really love monotonous work, although there are some out there! Going out of your way to help, and not ignoring a problem, is not the easy thing—but it is the necessary and right thing.
There are many examples of how Christ acted as a servant, whether it was Him giving up his perfection for a weary human form or His death on the rugged cross. How many things can be written or told about your service? I have found that through service, there is great joy to be found. God has given us gifts to serve others…use those gifts!
I would even encourage you to go one step further and sign up or say yes to something you might not be fully comfortable with, but which is the right thing for others. I have found the most excitement through that kind of growth, and you will be surprised on what the Holy Spirit can grant you the ability to accomplish. Jesus said, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him” – John 12:25-26.
So do what is right, not what is easy, and be leaders and servants to all in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.
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