We associate various meanings with the quality of greatness. Probably none of those equal the way Jesus explained–and lived–greatness.
I think Dr. Tim Kimmel agreed with Jesus’s definition in his book, Raising Kids for True Greatness. The editorial review says, “Raising Kids for True Greatness will expose the shallow wisdom of the world, giving parents a road map to guide their children toward rich lives of eternal value and significance.”
But we all need that reminder often. Warner Press first published this poem I wrote several years ago. Using Jesus’ example as your model, I hope these thoughts encourage you to keep striving for true greatness:
The Quality of Greatness
By Rebecca Barlow Jordan
The quality of greatness is not found
in wealth, or fame, or in leadership.
Those who are truly great
will not wear crowns on their heads,
but towels around their waists.
They are the ones who have developed
a servant’s heart–
always loving, and living to bring joy to others.
They are the ones who view their gifts
and value their abilities
as treasures from God–
but who choose willingly to place others’ interests
and desires ahead of their own.
Anyone who wants to be first, must be the very last, and the servant of all. Mark 9:35 NIV
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord, help us learn the true meaning of greatness, so others–our children, neighbors, co-workers, everyone–can see Jesus in us. We desire big hearts, not big heads. Help us start a new “fashion trend” by wearing an invisible towel at our waist, everywhere we go.
We hear a lot about “taking the challenge” in many areas of life: exercise, diet, etc. This is a good place to start with a spiritual challenge. Will you “take the challenge” with me to carry an invisible towel around your waist for one week? In other words, will you allow Jesus to teach you more about the true quality of greatness this week?