A Servant's Heart

Do you have a servant's heart?  Read my blog post about someone who understood what it meant to serve others.

Matthew 20:26, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”


Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, who died a few years ago, became a familiar sight in his company’s television commercials. 


Dave appeared in a lot of in store training films.  In those, as in many of the more familiar commercials, he would dress as his workers.  One year he appeared on the cover of one of the company’s annual reports dressed in a knee-length work apron holding a mop and a plastic bucket.  For many years, a framed copy of that picture graced the back rooms and manager’s office of most Wendy’s.  That picture was built on the fact Dave was a self-made millionaire.  He didn’t finish high school.  He worked his way up through the ranks of Colonel Sanders’ Kentucky Fried Chicken chain long before he went off on his own and started Wendy’s.  Here’s how Dave explained that picture: “I got my M.B.A. long before my G.E.D.  At Wendy’s M.B.A. does not mean Master of Business Administration.  It means Mop Bucket Attitude.”  Dave Thomas taught all of his employees that service comes before success.  The Wendy’s owner could have learned that lesson from Jesus.


But as followers of Jesus you are a different kind of leader.  You are what Jesus describes as a servant leader. Let us pray that God will give us a servant’s heart.