Goblets & Garbage Cans

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A leader is a servant first and always. There is never a stopping point of service to people when you are leading. As a leader in my early 20’s, I have seen many people my age in in their young adult age distort the idea of true leadership. Mainstream leadership in my opinion is something that has become more apparent in this generation. I’ve often times scrolled up and down on social media to see people aspire to become leaders that only lead for the main purpose of saying: “I’m in control”. Leadership has become distorted with having the big house, the amazing clothes, and the podium. Now, I will never be that person to say that having these things are a negative thing. In fact, I think that everyone looks to improve their quality of life. However, if these material items are your goals as a leader, you will never be an effective leader. Leadership is about helping, molding, and equipping people to become better than where they are currently. Can they say that after working with you they have learned things to make them a better team player or even a future leader ? This is something I am working on myself. I want to be the best leader I can be because I know that I’ve been put on this earth to help others walk into the greatness that God has called them to.

What are you striving towards as a leader ? One of the greatest struggles that this generation has is adapting as a person of service. We adapt with better technology and cooler gadgets. However, what I speak of is something that forces your pride to step down and your humility to take precedence. Many leaders think about how the world perceives them instead of focusing on the people they were meant to serve. One thing that many aspiring leaders in this generation can not seem to bear is stepping down from their podiums to serve in lower capacities. However, one of my biggest goals as a leader and servant myself is to learn more about Spiritual Leadership. I think that Jesus gave us the best model on what it meant to be a leader and His disciples truly learned many things from Him. I am reminded of what Timothy said as a great lesson to all leaders and servants.

“In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets-some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to His guests for their blessing” - 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (MSG)

This scripture really hits home when it comes to Spiritual Leadership vs. Mainstream Leadership. Many work and build themselves up to the point where they are the crystal goblets and silver platters but can not bear to be the ones who take out the garbage. Leadership has many different platforms. Each leader is needed in their own capacity and we can not become prideful over where we are to serve. Many people can endure twists and turns in life to get to that leadership position. They will sacrifice and do things they wouldn’t do for anything else. However, ask them to be a “garbage can” for tonight and they take offense. They say to themselves, “I’ve worked too hard to be a garbage can. I am a crystal goblet”. However, is leadership about where you placed ? No. Leadership is about taking care of the people. I remember a quote regarding ministry by Jud Wilhite.

“Ministry is messy because Sin is messy. Get over it, get a mop, and start helping people clean up!” - Jud Wilhite

I want to encourage those looking to become a leader to become better at “Adaptable Service”. This means that no matter the capacity you put me in, I will give my best. The best leaders are those that show it through their commitment to people and their growth. As long as you put me around people or around things that help people, I am pleased. There is a wave of new leadership that I am hoping to be apart of. It’s not about the accolades and the name on the billboards. It’s about the changed lives. It’s about families staying together. It’s about women taking charge and loving themselves again after domestic abuse. It’s about helping women with cancer not give up. It’s about helping men have better relationships with their sons and vice versa. It’s about helping children reach their goals. Whoever you are and wherever you serve, know that every kitchen needs goblets and garbage cans and God is pleased when we serve people with His love.