The phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay he first published in 1970. In the essay, Greenleaf said: “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends which are part of the infinite variety of human nature. Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices enriching the lives of individuals, building better organizations and ultimately creating a more just and caring world.” One could argue that Servant leadership is derived from sacred influences rather than cultural practices. Either way or both ways servant leadership is applicable in our everyday living.  In the message yesterday 6 core qualities were offered.  Integrity was the first.  It’s been said, integrity is the foundation on which all other leadership qualities are built. We are invited to walk in the ways of righteousness and justice. In fact, our actions reflect our beliefs. We are called to do something much different and entirely countercultural. The world tells us to do whatever it takes to achieve success and acclaim but Jesus tells us to humble ourselves and live lives with integrity.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to
the Lord than sacrifice.

Reflection Questions:
How do you define integrity?
How are you living with integrity?
How are you engaging in justice?

Prayer: Holy God, let me walk in your light and live each day with a strong sense of integrity.  Find me acceptable as I embody acts of righteousness and justice. Amen