Following is highly underrated

Hidden under the straps of my bicycling shoes is a little saying that I strongly disagree with – “always lead, never follow.”

That’s wrong on so many levels.

Sure, if you’re a bicycle racer, like someone in the Tour de France, that does apply to you.

But the reality of life is a small group of people at the front leading the rest of us.

If everyone was a leader, who would follow?

Our society worships leaders and always has.

However, the Bible is saturated with the idea that we need to be servants. And that the lowliest of people are the ones God honors the most…

“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” – Mark 9:35b.

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another” – 1 Peter 5:5b.

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” – John 13:14.

“If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” – Galatians 1:10.

What are some ways you can serve others today?

Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.

One thought on “Following is highly underrated

  1. Jay Merrill

    It’s wrong on almost all levels, I agree. To lead, you have to follow. To win the Tour de France, you probably have to draft, following your teammates to save energy. Great reminder, and great post!


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