Can Be Great
This is the foolish result of yet another failed conversation in which Jesus tries to tell his friends what it's going to mean to be the Christ and -- yet again -- they don't get it. They're miles behind him -- walking along arguing about which of them is the greatest. Oh, please. At least they had the decency to be embarrassed about it.
I have a
tee shirt that says, "Everybody can be great, because everybody can
serve." Dr. King said that. He was a great leader, of course, and
his is a household name. But he would not have been any kind of leader
at all had it not been for the courage of those who followed him. He was
brave, brave enough to risk his life many times, and finally to lose it.
But so were they. Many of them risked their
Helpers. We're not all generals. The success of any effort depends on
the ability of the people undertaking it to put aside the noisy demands
of their own egos. It is more important that we succeed than that I be
highly esteemed. True of a follower and true of a leader, too: When a
leader becomes entranced with his own reputation, things start going wrong.
The community begins to identify
We must be
willing to be last. We must look to serve, and find greatness in serving,
greatness and great joy, as well. But we must also be willing to carry
our own moral freight, and not sign it over to those who serve us as leaders.
Everybody can be great. Everybody can serve. Everybody can think and ponder
what is good and right. And everybody must.
The Almost-Daily eMo from the Geranium Farm, e-mail messages sent
by Episcopal priest and writer Barbara Crafton. Crafton's eMo's are published
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