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Day 19 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Mary’s Only Sermon!

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I’ve started the process of enlisting cover quote contributors for, How to Lead by THE BOOK. These are the men and women who agree to read the book prior to publication, and provide a supportive quote that appears on the cover. The publisher likes authors to seek out influential, well-known leaders, authors, business people, pastors and the like. I’m still in the process of sending out solicitations, but here’s who has already come on board: Joe Calloway, author of  Never by Chance; James Strock, author of Reagan on Leadership, Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership, and Serve to Lead; and Ed Bastian, President of Delta Airlines. I’m off to a great start with these three friends already agreeing to help me out.

When I was in Israel this past February, we traveled through the town of Cana on the way to our hotel on the Sea of Galilee. Cana is the place where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle in the Book of John. He turned water into wine at a wedding He attended with His disciples and mother. In fact, it was at Mary’s implicit suggestion that Jesus stepped up and helped the wedding host save face by making the water-to-wine conversion. In the second chapter of John where this miracle is recorded, Mary preached her only sermon recorded in the Bible. It was short and to the point as she instructed the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

It was obviously a pretty good sized wedding since Jesus converted the water in six pots, each containing 20-30 gallons of wine. But it was what Jesus did after He performed the miracle that provides instruction for us as leaders. He told the servants to take the new wine and bring it to the master of the feast, who didn’t know where the wine had come from. The feast master was so impressed with the quality of wine that he called over the bridegroom and commended him for saving the best wine for last. Jesus could have been the hero and taken the credit for Himself.  After all, He had saved the party and the day. But even early in His ministry He was committed to demonstrating servant leadership. In this case, it meant doing the work so that someone else could look good and get the credit, rather than being motivated by personal gain and recognition.

I’ll discuss the importance of giving away praise and credit in my new book, and offer biblical examples that instruct what to do in these regards and how to do it.