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Leading by Serving

"Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves."1

It has been said that you can tell a truly great person by the way he or she treats ordinary people.

Many years ago a rider on horseback came across a squad of soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log. A corporal stood by giving lordly orders to "heave." But the log was too heavy for the squad to move.

"Why don't you help them?" asked the man on the horse addressing the corporal.

"Me? Why I'm a corporal, sir!"

Dismounting, the stranger carefully took his place with the soldiers.

"Now, all together, boys—heave!" he said. And the heavy log slid right into place.

The horseman was George Washington.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from the sin and vanity of 'riding on a high horse,' thinking that any job is below my (false) pride and dignity. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Luke 22:26 (NIV).


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