By Eric Ellis
I was at a nice restaurant while traveling on business the other night. In the bathroom, there was a quote neatly painted on the wall:
That quote immediately got me thinking about the type of man I’m aspiring to BE. If one would look at my life on the surface, he/she would say I’m highly successful: MBA, corporate executive, beautiful and equally successful entrepreneurial wife, smart kids, house with the picket fence, and even the dog for good measure.
However, and thankfully they can’t see into the deepest parts of my heart. If that were possible, they would see a longing and thirsting for validation of several sorts. They would see the young man who would use his empathy and concern for others as a crutch for having low self-worth. They would see this same young man who would be susceptible to the whims of emotionally abusive girlfriends and would accept it as love. They would see the young adult who attained to worldly standards only to find himself empty as he stood in prayer before God.
On one end, I am humble enough to know that God has given me talent, grace, and mercy to attain all of the prescribed metrics of success. On the other end, I’m confident enough believe that God did not give those skill sets just to attain things. As I’m typing these words, I feel the challenge of balancing the allures of success and the certainty of eternal value. I doubt I’m alone in this endeavor.
This is the place that some describe where the rubber meets the road. I like to describe it as the place where faith meets function. We all have a concept of faith, however, many toil with applying the utility of their everyday walk. My particular function is service or we can call it servanthood. The concept of servanthood is a beautiful ideal that I embrace. It is a characteristic that places the most confident attitude in the backseat for the concern of the greater good.
Servanthood is a form of leadership. I’m confident that the reason I’ve achieved my successes is because of servant leadership. I define servant leadership as a commitment to growth of people and the overall community. The growth I LOVE to witness is when people actualize their dreams of visions. I believe a person lives the fullest life when their walking in their true purpose. That is the man I’m aspiring to be. And hopefully as I venture through this thing called life, I can show others how to aspire to the same.