Then they came to Capernaum. When He was in the house, He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way? ” But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
Mark 9:33-35 HCSB
Father let me always be humbled to remember my place as a servant. Let me always lift others up without concern with how I’m placed in the “mix” of things. Let me serve with love even in frustration. Let me serve with kindness and patience even with the most difficult of people. Let me never react to life but respond as You direct me. Open my ears to listen and hear. Open my eyes to see and have vision. Open my mouth to share wisdom but close it before I utter anything unloving or ignorant. Warm my heart to be receptive. Bless me with discernment Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The only title and role you should be concerned with is that of servant. I truly believe that people get caught up in titles, roles, pecking order, seniority, the rungs of ladders they are on, and so on and so forth. Instead of life being about you and your feelings, and sense of entitlement—let it be about how you can be of service to God and a help for others. How can you be a team player not an obstacle? How can you bring value rather than drama? How can you contribute rather than hinder? Instead of shutting down how can you work to do your part to make things work?
In everything thing that we do and with all job descriptions there’s a responsibility that we seem to overlook or forget, the part that says, “…and duties as assigned…” What I mean by that is that our job in life or even with a company is never confined to just a set amount of tasks. As new things pop up we must adjust and accept more responsibilities or simply different ones. People struggle with change, we claim we want it but when it comes we say, “That’s not what I signed up for…” Or “That’s not in my job description!” Are you serious? If you are not open to change and all that comes with it don’t place yourself in situations and roles where acceptance of change is necessary.
If you want a promotion, raise, to be married, have kids, new car or house, to own a business—whatever it is—you either must accept that things will eventually come as “duties as assigned” and you must take the reigns and march forward—or don’t accept the position at all. That means don’t strive forward for things that require ownership, struggle, more work, persistence, pain, longer hours, more patience, and having to do way more than you ever expected.
People truly think life is about them. That is why we struggle so much. This existence and our experiences are all about God. Ponder that and then share your thoughts.
Before I wrap up I need to send some love….
Happy birthday to the man who always brings a smile to my face and warms my heart every time I see and speak with him—Quincy D. Jones II.
Tuesday I forgot to post and also wish those I love a happy birthday–Nate Jr. and Ambassador Andrew Young. Happy 4th birthday (March 11th) to my beloved Quentin.
God bless you all!
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