The Janitor

The Janitor

“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.” -Matthew 20:26

My boss once told me a story about a janitor who worked for a very large corporation. He was cleaning nearby as an important board meeting was going on. The board executives were discussing a very critical issue for which no one had a solution. The janitor overheard them and said, “I think I know the answer to your problem,” and went on to explain. The board members were shocked, to say the least. But because they had no other alternative, they went ahead with the janitor’s advice. Their decision resulted in the problem being solved, and thousands in profit for the company. The man was elevated and invited onto the leadership board.

The story above illustrates the concept of servant leadership. Jesus came in the form of a human man to save the world, but through perfect love and servanthood saved the world from sin and death.

If you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings, you know that Frodo Baggins was the smallest person, the most unlikely to bear the burden of carrying the Ring of Power. The most unexpected person, the “weakest link”, could be the strongest person in the team. We should not underestimate our teammates. Everyone has something to offer, even the person who looks like the weakest link.

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