Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
This day in history, December 4th, 1783 General George Washington bid farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern. This bears remembrance because it signifies Washington’s desire to leave the military and not take over a young country that was his for the taking. Other world leaders marveled that Washington would willingly give up power that he had so painstakingly gained over years of suffering with the ill-equipped soldiers he led.
I have always been amazed at the humility of leadership of Washington, who truly was a servant-leader model. He chose to empower the young country he had helped to found by ensuring that civilian, not military powers would govern the fledgling country.
It reminds me of the leadership Jesus endorsed. That we would use whatever power we have for the benefit of those whom we serve.
Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to use our power with humility, and for the benefit of others, Amen