“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.”
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home. (Luke 1:46-56, NLT)
These words of Mary provide us with a great insight into her heart, demonstrating why God called her to this special task. She begins by acknowledging her own insignificance and from there her focus is upon God and His greatness.
All of us who are called to leadership are in fact ”lowly” and should never forget it. We lead because God has “noticed” us. Our focus is on His attributes – not on what we perceive as our own attributes, or our lack of attributes. As we focus on Him we find Him changing us and making us into more effEctive leaders.
Firstly we acknowledge that He is holy and this inspires us to be holy in the way we live. Secondly we see that he is merciful and this helps us guard against being judgemental toward young people when they fail. Thirdly we see His mighty works and reflect on the fact that without Him we can do nothing. Fourthly we see He feeds the hungry and charges us to be vessels through which He might bring nourishment to His young people. Finally we are reminded of His faithfulness – we trust in His promises to fulfill what he has spoken.
Reflection: Where is my primary focus when I lead? Is it upon myself and what I can do? Or is it upon my own lowliness and God’s greatness? Do I strive to be like Him and to faithfully lead as he would have me lead, trusting in His promises to me?