Being of Service

A Reflection by Jim Deeds

Jesus turned the wisdom of his time on its head. How can a leader be a servant? It did not make sense. And yet, he stated this not in a parable that took time to work out but in direct language. Not only did he name himself as a servant-leader, he told us we should be like him in this regard.

For me to live my role as a servant-leader, I have to set aside my own need for recognition and praise. It is not all about me; I am all about God. Great things happened around Jesus, because he knew that he came to serve his Father in heaven. Could we commit right now to serving our Father and setting aside our own need to be seen as important?

If we do this, we will surely rejoice, because our names will be written in heaven!

Jim Deeds

Jim Deeds

Jim Deeds is a husband and father from the wonderful and wounded city of Belfast, Ireland. He works as an author, poet, retreat giver, and pastoral worker across Ireland and beyond. During his life Jim has also worked as a busker, a film maker, a play write, a bartender, a social worker, a therapist, a manager of a children's home, and a health service manager. He enjoys playing music and walking the streets and hills in his native city, drawing much of the inspiration for his writing from his life experience and from finding God in the sounds and sights, people and events around him. Jim is passionate about creating sacred space where people can pray, relax and come to know the great love God has for all God's creation.

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