Hope this week is giving you a fresh start. This past weekend I took a break of pretty much everything and left town with my husband to clear our minds in a beautiful area of Puerto Rico called Fajardo. We were really fortunate to share this weekend with friends and hear great talks that have inspired me greatly and today I want to share small snippets from what we learned.
For me it was all about evaluating why I do what I do; making an inventory of what my motivations truly are. I know this may seem very deep for a Tuesday morning but I am so glad I was confronted with some questions that often help me correct my perspective. I was challenged to value humbleness, servanthood, and my own weaknesses rather than try to hide them. All of which are completely contrary to the model of success set by our society. So I face a dilemma: Will I follow the leadership model set out by Jesus himself or will I follow society's?
As we wrestled with these questions, I realized that it is harder than it appears to be. When we do something great, something selfless, something generous, we want to be recognized and applauded for it. However, why is that so satisfying? Is recognition what drives me? Those are legitimate questions that when asked sincerely, may challenge our definition of success.
"It is better for us to be genuine than to try to appear to be perfect. Our strengths may win us popularity and perhaps prestige but our weaknesses, put in the hands of God, will instead gain Jesus many followers." - Pastor Brian Sutton
"There are too many books on leadership and not enough on servanthood which is in fact the only leading model that calls us to push others upwards as opposed to our own self" - Pastor Brian Sutton
"Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ" - (Philippians 3:8)
What do you think? Have you ever thought about this? The best discussions happen below in the comment section so let me know what you think.