THE WISE MEN RECOGNISED a new kind of leadership. The grace of God dawning upon the world with healing in his wings. That grace is still dawning and the potential for that kind of healing is in our own wings at Epiphany 2011. It’s that grace, that healing, that kind of “Aha!” moment that we hear in the gravelly poetry and prophecy of Dr Martin Luther King:
If you want to be important – wonderful. If you want to be recognised – wonderful. If you want to be great – wonderful. But recognise that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s your new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it … by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know about Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve, you don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.
From The Drum Major Instinct
Martin Luther King Jr.