Jim was CEO of the hospital, but he still served ice cream at the annual ice cream social. During the day, senior staff members scooped gallons and gallons of ice cream for anyone who dropped by—staff, patients, guests, anyone.
The night shift couldn't leave their stations, so Jim loaded everything onto a cart. He rolled it through three different wings and up ten floors. Each year, the CEO worked all night, so that everyone got a scoop of ice cream.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Jesus modeled servant leadership for us when he washed his disciples' feet. Jim modeled it scooping ice cream. Do you want people to see Christ? How can you be a servant leader? . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." (Matt. 20:25-26)
Originally Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Good and honorable work allows us to extend grace to others through the goods and services we provide: making space for them, anticipating their needs, exceeding their expectations. We remain actively alert to ways we might serve others, remembering that "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."