April 3, 2005 by Isaac Hovet
I have just returned home after church.
Today a man ( ) I respect tremendously spoke (at church) on humility. Often, in our corporation-like-leader driven churches, we aren’t being led by people who are truly humble. This man, however, walks in humility.
He is a great leader. He leads through listening and serving. Although not always convenient, he makes time for whiners like me. He takes time to listen about all of life, not just the “tyranny of the urgent.” (A phrase I learned from him)
I know that he shoulders a lot, but he never lets pressure spill out onto others. Never has he spoken to me or anyone around me harshly. He exhibits grace and mercy to the broken, to the less advantaged and the rotten-to-the-core sinners. When I confess my shortcomings or foul-ups to him, never have I been looked at in disdain or treated as less than him. Even when I have allowed my frustrations to vent onto him, he hasn’t shown anything but love to me.
So, when he was the featured speaker for our primary services this weekend and he introduced his topic, I sat back and relaxed. As he relayed the old words of Paul and Jesus to me, I thought about him. I thought about how he is humble.
You see, words without experience to back it up, are meaningless. So often I am the hypocrite, the one who espouses information and concepts, but do I live it and live it well?
But, as G.I. Joe always said, “Knowing is half the battle . . .”
So, now I know . . .