It is better to humble yourself than to be humbled.
When Aaron and I took our turn for the lawn maintenance ministry at our Hawaii church almost five years ago, we were gung-ho excited and had a great vision for making it lovely, with incredible curb appeal.
No one else shared that vision.
I doubt God smiled upon our vision.
That particular church was not known for gratitude, but we also didn’t have a humble attitude.
We just wanted a “thank you” or tiny compliment for our efforts.
We only received negativity from the staff and leaders.
So we left.
We didn’t attend a church for about six months.
While it wasn’t as simple as the lawn care issue, it really was just mostly our sinful attitude rather than the church’s leaders’ micromanagement and lack of gratitude.
Like spoiled children, we didn’t like the way they played, so we didn’t want to play anymore. We took our toys and left.
After realizing what damage we were doing to our girls by not attending church, I wanted to go back.
But that was embarrassing.
It was a confusing time for us. The church was gracious to accept us without asking too many questions. It was uncomfortable.
Our girls transitioned back well.
We learned a lesson in humility.
Leaders are humble. They accept responsibility for the good and the bad. Leaders admit mistakes and do whatever it takes to make things right. They don’t demand thanks. They don’t care who receives the credit.
To God be the glory.
Be examples of servant leaders to your children. They’re watching and listening. Always.