Wednesday, 30 May 2018

BEND DOWN FIRST!

I recently went to speak at my former church where I attended in my single years. When I arrived at the church, I was given the royal welcome due to a guest minister. I and my husband were honorably ushered to the front.
Ushers and protocols were everywhere to ensure we were well attended to; comfortable, refreshed and well served. The audience gave their full attention, accepted the power packed message and the men laughed heartily.
We were honoured, respected and celebrated. I was elated but it didn't start that way...
I had served in the same church before I got married and joined my husband in his church. I had been at the back of the church waiting for guest ministers to arrive and serve them. I was a Sunday school teacher, youth secretary and a member of the protocol. I had had to rush to eateries to get food for guest ministers after ministration. I had run helter skelter with the other youths to ensure programmes were well organized and successful. I had served others. I had to bend down. I had to be humble, I had to sow seeds into my future.
No one gets to the top by.mistake. You must sow seeds of greatness into your future. If you want honour, you must honour others. If you want to be served you must first serve. That is where this generation of youths are getting it wrong. You want to be a leader without being a follower first, it is not possible. You must first serve others for you to be served. In life, we reap what we sow.
I am not at the top yet. I'm still far from where I want to be so I'm still serving.
Whenever we visit our mentors at their church, we serve. That is the secret of greatness. That is the secret of leadership. Jesus says anyone who wants to be first must first be the last, it means, serve first. Lead from the back. Bend down and work.
When one of my facebook followers at our mentor's the church saw me teaching the children at the children department, she was shocked! She expected me to grab the microphone at the adult church and be yabbing away. I patiently explained to her that greatness is not exhibited by how powerful we preach on the pulpit, it is by how much we serve, the impact we make, how many lives we touch, the smile we put on others' faces, our selfless, immeasurable service to humanity.
I and my husband still clean chairs, sweep the floor of the church if need be. We serve our mentors, clean their car, run errands for them and serve in any way possible we can, that is the secret of Jesus. That is the secret of greatness.
Whenever our school cleaner needs assistance and I am close by to help, I wouldn't ignore her or call someone nearby to do it. I do it by myself. I assist her if need be. That sounds crazy considering the fact we hired her but leaders lead by example, they serve and always seek to serve.
I get honour every where I go. I am always treated with royalty and respect. People are ever willing to serve and honour me. But I had to sow it first "for whatsoever a man sows, same shall he also reap."
Serve first, bend down to work. Be there for others. Give to the needy, put a smile on someone's face. That is how to get to the top, that is how to be blessed, that is how to be great, that is leadership, that is true success. 

Thanks for reading. God bless you. Cheers!


© Seun Oladele

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