Accepting the Challenge of Humility
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5, NIV).
Leaders love a challenge. Challenges highlight the narrow path that leads to success for individuals and teams. They provide the “hard” that gives even the most mundane tasks significance.
Leaders do not like impossible. That moment of realization that no other option exists, or the recognition the even 110 percent cannot bring success. No leader looks forward to the day of encountering such a Catch 22 moment. No matter where you turn, no matter what plan you make, achievement is simply not possible.
This simple instruction from Paul appears to be just such a Catch 22. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. You should have the same attitude as the one who is God. You should have the same attitude as the one who ultimately gave his life for the cause. You should have the same attitude as the one who was perfect. It is in the face of such outrageous challenges that we often times do a quick cost analysis and determine that the opportunity for success is much too low to justify the cost.
Philippians 2:5 is a great motivational phrase. You are willing to put it on a poster and hang it in the office. But, you decide daily to focus your energies in areas that have a greater opportunity for personal success. Please do not overlook Paul’s verbal challenge or simply dismiss it as impossible.
Your attitude–your perspectives–on purpose, relationships, and yourself, can be the same as that of Christ. You can learn to put God’s purpose above your own in daily practice. You can learn how to lead as a servant in even the most competitive environment. The ROI of humility is high and the impact can be life changing for many. Take this motivational poster off the wall, and accept the worthwhile challenge of making it a practical life-long aspiration.
Written by Courtney Cash