Whenever you’re in the spotlight or have lots of eyes on you, you may feel as if you must perform a certain way to produce a certain result. A simple pageantry-related example of this is being a titleholder and committing to work in your community. You may commit because it’s required. You may commit because it’s just a part of who you are. Regardless, whenever you do for others be careful to always check your motive.
This key concept is SO important, but in the hustle and bustle of scheduling events, making appearances (even virtually), and deciding if you’re gonna wear your crown AND sash or just your sash or maybe just your crown or maybe you should bring your crown case and just wait and see when you get there…….checking your motive is often overlooked. A motive is your reason for doing something- whether it’s hidden or obvious (trust me , if it’s not obvious it will be somehow, someday…good or bad). Let’s be honest, volunteering and serving others doesn’t often come with material rewards, it shouldn’t. True service is work done for free; and knowing that you’ve served someone without seeking any reward other than positively impacting or helping another human is reward enough (if your motives are pure).
I’d love to say follow the example handed down to us from our leaders, but, unfortunately, sometimes leaders don’t even follow this word of wisdom.
Mark 10: 42-45 says,
42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.
43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,
44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.
45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Servant?… Slave?… Like, literally? Verse 45 explains it…Jesus didn’t come to Earth demanding to be served. He used his power and authority to serve others, ultimately even dying for a world that rejected (rejects) Him. Follow Christ’s example….put others before yourself. If you follow that advice (no matter what), you’ll never have to question if your motives are pure. And, instead of confessing “I did it my way” you’ll be able to proudly proclaim I did it “God’s way”. And that should make your heart smile.