Just about every morning Miranda Esmonde-White (aka Esmerelda) appears on the TV screen. If you don’t know “Esmerelda” no worries. She is a Canadian fitness trainer, former ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada and The New York Times bestselling author of books on aging, health and fitness. She is the host of Classical Stretch. One of the Wismers joins her for a morning workout (which one of us won’t be hard to figure out.) Unsurprisingly, research shows stretching helps improve flexibility, and consequently, better flexibility improves one’s performance.  All this is to identify the third trait of servant leadership… flexibility.  Servant leaders practice flexibility. Flexibility allows one to adapt to their situations and surroundings. It’s been said, “Servant leaders recognize life is unpredictable and sometimes throw unexpected situations or challenges at them. But instead of allowing those unexpected events to cause anger, confusion or panic, servant leaders recognize God is present in every circumstance.” For many of us change is a simple but not an easy concept.  Routines are helpful, comfortable and comforting. However, sometimes routines lead toward feeling stuck. The willingness to practice being flexible encourages one to get unstuck and I’ll suggest, actually invites change.  The flexibility of a servant leader is to recognize change for what it is — an opportunity for growth and faith.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:12-13
“I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Reflection Questions:
What causes you to feel struck?
Where is your opportunity for growth?
What change in your life would you like to attempt?

Prayer: Holy God, fill me with your goodness and let me grow in faith. Help me be more flexible to whatever situation I find myself. Give me opportunity to reflect excellence. Amen.