you ever cringed at the harsh words spewing across the table at a
business meeting? Did it energize or inspire employees to work harder
or build a larger book of clientele? What did you focus on
afterwards—the goal or the way you were treated?
I’ve never met a harsh boss that
inspired a worker to produce or create anything amazing under fear of
punishment, loss, or a verbal whip. Why is it those negative souls
choose power and control over healthy servant leadership? Servant
leaders guide from love and the desire to see the people they lead
become the best they can possibly be. Leaders like these not only
change the world, but the hearts of all they touch.
The Fred family lost their
precious little one to a rare form of cancer. As they went through the
treatments with her, the family watched countless other moms and dads
sleep in their cars outside the hospital, go hungry or be in forced
separations. Imagine the gut wrench of leaving your frightened child
alone to face chemotherapy, for weeks at a time, and driving away so
you can pay for those painful procedures. How often would you look in
the rearview mirror? Most insurance companies don’t cover important
necessities like transportation, hotel and meals—or families have no
insurance at all. The choice boils down to treatment without mommy and
daddy or no treatment at all. Which would you choose?
Jadyn’s life struggle allowed a
vision to grow in the hearts of her family. They could be bitter and
angry. They could bear a grudge against doctors who failed to save
Jadyn—or God. Instead, everyone gets a smile, love and a listening ear
from the Fred’s. The Jadyn Fred Foundation started in 2001 as a life
long commitment for Jadyn’s parents, Britt and Alecia, and her
grandparents, Lynn and Sandy, to use the experience that touched their
lives to help others and have better choices available. The Fred’s are
a living example of Leviticus 19: 18, “Do not seek revenge or
bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as
yourself. I am the LORD.” The Jadyn Fred Foundation is the
result of loving others.
Meet Debbie and Brian Lee, two
people in a world of billions. Yet their passion for Kenya sparkles in
their eyes with infectious joy. The enthusiasm bubbles over to
university students whose lives are dramatically altered by serving
alongside them and the Kenyan people each summer. Passion begets
passion. Pressure to perform doesn’t have a place in this ministry. The
InterVarsity Kenya Global Project teaches, “we are not going to Kenya
with the unrealistic expectation of trying to change Kenya in 7
weeks—but to instead let God change us through Kenya.”
The Lee family models the
servant leadership of the Lord’s command in Deuteronomy 6: 5-7, “Love
the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be
upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when
you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and
when you get up.” This is Brian and Debbie’s ministry.
Colleen Briggs connected with
Debbie Lee to create Pamba Toto Jewelry. Each led by an independent
vision to somehow support the Sanctuary of Hope Kenyan orphan homes.
Together they formed the perfect servant leadership team for Pamba Toto
(which means to adorn a child in Swahili.) Colleen is the designer
while Debbie is the marketing whiz. Again, enthusiasm and passion fuel
the success of this God-inspired venture following James 1: 27, "True
and faultless religion before God the Father is this: to care for
orphans and widows in their distress . . .”
People like the Fred family are
building a legacy through the Jadyn Fred Foundation, Debbie and Brian
Lee who co-lead the Kenya Global Project, and Colleen Briggs who
designs jewelry to support orphans all pour their lives out for others.
These people all devote themselves to loving their neighbor. They lead
not only time and talent, but with humble grace. No demands, no harsh
words, no pushing or prodding. Servant leaders draw the best out of
those around them because they are other-focused
rather than result or self-focused. Yet, the results are stunning. They
learn gems of wisdom from past experiences and want to share rather
than keep the treasure to themselves. Their goal isn’t self-serving.
It’s to benefit someone else and glorify God.
A servant leader
has a willingness to do even the smallest chore as in Mark 9:35b,"If
anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of
all." Selfless visionaries offer passionate examples that
marry their words and actions. Stepping aside to allow someone else’s
expertise prominence is
common because a servant leader
the credit. They revel in the progress toward the final outcome.
Ultimately, servant leaders know that any great vision or achievement
is a symphony and not a solo. A symphony played with a lovely melody
and many musicians. They play the same song each in a unique part.
You can find out more about
these servant leaders at:
What kind of a leader are you?
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One of the quickest meals you’ll ever make and it will tasted like you
slaved for hours Less ingredients means less work but that doesn’t
mean boring. With supervision, this is an excellent meal for kids to
make dad. The gravy is a perfect simple base. Start to finish is about
20 minutes. Serves 4.
lb. thin breakfast or other favorite steak
2 Tablespoons canola oil
3 packages brown gravy mix
3 cups cold water
1 large dollop plain non-fat yogurt
1 large package of egg noodles
Water for boiling noodles
Start the kettle of water
boiling for the noodles first. While the noodles are cooking, cut steak
into thin pieces. Heat a stainless steel or non-stick large frying pan
and add the oil. Add meat and stir-fry. Once all the meat is cooked
through, set it aside on a plate. Blend the powdered gravy mixes with
the water and add to hot pan. Stir to keep from burning. Once the gravy
thickens, return the meat to the pan, add mushroom slices, and stir
well. Turn off heat. Add the large dollop of non-fat yogurt to the
gravy and beef.
Stir well to blend.
Drain noodles and cover to keep
warm. If it’s going to be more than a few minutes, toss with a tiny bit
of canola oil to keep from sticking. Serve over hot noodles. If you are
adding mushrooms, add with your last batch of meat and transfer to the
plate with the meat while you make the gravy. Hot white rice is also a
good base for stroganoff.
Stir-fry half of the meat (or less) at a time to avoid juicing out.
When the pan is not hot enough and the meat cools the pan down, the
beef will juice losing tenderness and quality. Frying portions keeps
the pan hot.