How do you define greatness? Two words: servant hood.
Serving others by showing small acts of kindness is the way to a life of greatness. A life that is all about you may be a good life, but when you unselfishly begin to serve others, it transitions into a great life. When was the last time that you helped someone without desiring anything in return? When was the last time you sacrificially went out of your way to serve someone in need? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, “What are we doing for others?” and Jesus once stated, ”Whoever wants to be first must be servant of all” (Mark 10:44).
It’s not about “serve me”; it’s about service. Jesus, who modeled the greatest leadership skills of all time, stated that he, himself, “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). He not only talked servant hood, he walked servant hood. He became the epitome and exemplification of servant hood and leadership. Robert Greenleaf, who once specialized in servant leadership stated, “Good leaders must first become good servants”. When we serve others we add value to their lives, lift them out of dark places and give them hope. In the process of serving others we also begin to graduate from a good life, to a great life and eventually into a legendary life.
Do you want to be great? Well, in the words of Mother Teresa, ”Pick up the broom and sweep the floor!”