I love lighthouses. I used a lighthouse on the original website design for Triune Leadership Services as I felt it depicted many of the same attributes of servant leadership.
Why A Lighthouse
It may seem like a peculiar stretch to compare a lighthouse to servant leadership. However, as you focus on the main function of a lighthouse, you will start to see the parallel.
- Piercing – No matter how dark, the light of a lighthouse will pierce through that darkness to show the way.
- Persistent – A lighthouse does not stop in its purpose; it is always lit up, showing the way.
- Pertinent – Any skillful seaman will tell you about the importance of a lighthouse. They fulfill a very specific need and without them, people would die.
Jesus, the Lighthouse
In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” When we compare Jesus to the same attributes described above, we see His purpose was to serve as a Lighthouse for us.
- Piercing – “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” (John 14:6)
- Persistent – “In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day.” (Luke 13:33)
- Pertinent – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
In His Image
You were created in the image of God and because of such, you have been equipped with the same strengths. As a servant leader you need to be a lighthouse for your people.
- Piercing – Be extremely clear with your team, family and/or organization. Communicate the foundation of who you are with your purpose, vision and values. Bounce all decisions and activity off of that same foundation. Clarify expectations and consequences in one-on-one conversations.
- Persistent – Always be present and approachable. Review progress on expectations and goals. Reward good behavior and performance. Live your life to serve and commit to building people up. Do not become weary in doing good.
- Pertinent – The work you do matters. As a leader, you help to equip others to live out their God-given purpose, along with your own. Serve the people around you as a humble and loving leader and you will make a difference in their lives. You have been given a platform to make a positive impact in the world; look for opportunities to build energy, performance and relationships and watch as God brings blessings to your life and those around you.
How can your light shine brighter as a servant leader?
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16