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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 18, 2016

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FRIDAY, March 18

Mark 10:43-44 Jesus said, “But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.”

I learned something about Christian leadership one summer when I was in college. Working at a low-level job for an organ builder, my task was to wash and clean thousands of pipes in a massive pipe organ. All those pipes had to be brought down several stories to the workroom to be cleaned.

One day, a large crew, including the president of the company, showed up to move several thousand pipes in one day. The president arrived and said, “Tell us what to do; we’re at your service.” I tried to suggest that he should give the orders. “You’ve been here a few days, and you know the lay of the land.” He and the rest did things as I suggested. I learned from this faithful man that being in charge sometimes means taking the low position, and sometimes that means having the least likely person become the leader. I wonder how many times in my life I have missed rich opportunities because I tried to lead instead of becoming the servant.

PRAY for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean

Today the Church remembers Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 386.

Ps 95, 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, Mark 10:32-45



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