Former University of Southern California president Steven Sample once said,
If a would be leader wants glamour, he should try acting in the movies. However, if he in fact want to make a consequential impact on a cause or an organization, he needs to roll up his sleeves and be prepared to perform a series of grungy chores which are putatively beneath him, and for which he’ll never receive recognition or credit, but by virtue of which his lieutenants will be inspired and enabled to achieve great things.
His quote reminded me that as pastors and ministry leaders we don’t have a license to lead, but a commission to serve.
Pastors and ministry leaders don’t just stand up and wave the towel. And we should never just sit and throw in the towel…but we should kneel, wrap the towel around our waist and wash feet.
We are called to be Servant-Leaders…but the word “serve” comes first.
We have a license to wash feet.