by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director

If there is anything this year has taught us, it is that humility is one of the most important attributes of Christian leadership. Any leadership, really.

I’m thinking about my friend, Pastor Julio Chavez in San Jorge, El Salvador, who is doing more than anyone I know to grow leaders in one of the most challenging places in our world, especially during this global economic crisis. You should see El Buen Pastor Hardware Store. Yes, the church birthed a hardware store.

I’m reflecting on teachers, like my daughter-in-law who is teaching middle school with half the students sitting in her classroom on their devices while she teaches the other half of her students online, from their homes – all at exactly the same time. Don’t miss that teachers are also doing homework with their own children at night.

I’m honoring my adult children who are constantly trying to navigate their COVID-group, balancing on the edge of physical and mental health, while at the same time negotiating their own need to be with friends and family. Did I mention that the holidays are turning up the heat on who can be with whom, as priority is given to the most vulnerable in their lives rather than their own needs?

Can we just bow our heads a minute and pray for the humble leaders among us?

We can show our respect for humility by standing with people who are making the hard decision not to pursue the spotlight, but rather go through the day doing what needs to be done, without glory.

As Mary said in her song:

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name.
God’s mercy is for those who fear God from generation to generation.
God has shown strength with God’s arm;
God has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
God has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
God has helped God’s servant Israel, in remembrance of God’s mercy,
according to the promise God made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

– Luke 1:47-55