Eyes lifted high (haughtiness) and a proud heart is sin and is the lamp of the sinful..1
This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine!
I have been struck by the two chapel services I’ve had the privilege to experience at Corban University this past week. What an exercise in humble worship both times. And very different forms of worship each time. Perhaps the best way to describe those experiences is by pointing to this proverb which is polar opposite of the leaders who facilitated our opportunity to experience God. Unlike the proud heart that is filled with the darkness of preening pride, the workshop team and the campus pastor led students, faculty and staff to “lift our eyes high” in worship of the living God. They led in ways that allowed us to “turn [our] eyes on Jesus, look full into his wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”2 Leadership shows up in often unexpected ways and we all want to be led by leaders who inspire us.
Goffee and Jones had asked a question several years ago (“Why Should Anyone Be Lead by You?” ) and published the results of their ten-year study in the Sept-Oct 2000 HBR, They discovered four “unexpected” traits of “inspirational” leaders and the first is that these kinds of leaders “reveal their weaknesses.”
In each chapel service “revealing” set the tone. Proud people would shun away from that kind of leading. The only “light” for their path is themselves. No one else can do it better, think in through better or explain it better. It is all about them. As Coffee and Jones point out, people who try to communicate that “there will be no need for anyone to help them with anything…. signal that they can do it themselves.”
That is not leading: preening, maybe. Leading no! Vision is needed. Sense of command is important. Passion. Strategic thinking vital. But as important as these traits are to leaders, they will fail to lead if they try to from a position of pride.
No matter where we are and no matter what we do, we lead. As students, parents, chapel worship team members, professors, as study group members, as friends, each role offers an opportunity to lead. Leading – or just plain living – can best be accomplished with a light that clearly illuminates the path. Those who choose self are limited in their light.
Those who chose God, as revealed in Christ, have the “light of the world.” This light attracts. This light, when shining through us, illuminates all who fall under its beams.
Who is your light source?
Copyright ® 2012 by P. Griffith Lindell
2. Helen H. Lemmel’s beautiful hymn