I was walking down the road home yesterday and for some funny reason, my mind wandered to the possibility that children of people like Bill Gates and Carlos Slim will ever achieve the level of greatness their parents achieved. Like, these men set such great records that I wonder if their children will be able to meet up, not to talk of surpassing it.
But then as I thought about these things, I asked myself this question: “What is greatness?” On the surface, it’s easy to say greatness is measured by wealth, but there are rich people I won’t consider great. I can also think greatness is in level of influence but from history we know that there were highly influential people for negative cause who we won’t consider great.
What then is greatness?
As One Who is still causing waves more than 2000 years after, Jesus Christ is a great man and we can take lessons from Him. Matthew 20:25-28 “25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said,Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
It means true greatness is revealed in service. And this rings true throughout history because those we consider great were those who lived lives of service- Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., my father…
Today, let us redefine greatness in our minds and may God grant us the grace to serve.
Food for thought:
For people like Michael Jordan and Mohammed Ali, how can we qualify their greatness status?
“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy” – Jim Rohn