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But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many, Mark 10: 43-45."

It is befitting on inauguration day that the daily reading mentions serving initially before one is elevated. In my lifetime, I met many who wanted to be promoted. Yet, they had been on the job assignment for a short time and had not developed the skills to lead at that juncture.

The limelight is not generally on the server. Service can mandate long planning and preparing hours without receipt of a thank you card. Serving builds tenacity across ideological lines, because there is always someone who wants to direct the work

and do very little actual work.

These verses address two brothers who desired premier statuses on the right and on the left alongside Jesus when He returned to heaven. I really resonate with Jesus’ answer to James and John, the sons of Zebedee. If they wanted the requested statuses – were they willing to drink of the cup of suffering that He would experience and were they willing to serve and be slave to all? Jesus reminded the brothers that leaders must serve. Serving provides perspective, humility and gratitude.

Question: Where and how can we serve in 2021? Ask God to direct your plan.

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