We all like to strive for greatness. Jim Collins wrote a best selling book “From Good to Great”, and Chip Ingram wrote a book “From Good to Great in God’s Eyes”. Their premise in both of these books is to provide examples of how businesses and individuals become “Great”.
I have contemplated this concept in my own development, as have my clients whom I work with who are working to become “Great” servant leaders. When is it enough? When have I arrived as a servant leader? How can we ever be good enough?
I think the answer is it is a never-ending journey, a quest to constantly get better on behalf of those you serve. It is far more about the movement in the right direction than the achievement of perfection or greatness.
As we know from our study of Jesus, the greatest model of servant leadership, He is the only perfect servant leader. The rest of us can never truly stack up, however we can constantly work towards that goal, and move in the right direction.
If we focus our energy on movement both for ourselves, and those we serve, it will provide opportunity for celebration along the way with small wins that lead to major accomplishment. It is important to feel a sense of accomplishment and celebrate as you move in the right direction.
So let’s not get bogged down with trying to be perfect, always wondering if we are good enough. Let’s just keep the passion for development, focus on the positive progress that we make, and celebrate along the way!
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14