One day, in solitude day with God, I was sitting near a waterfall. I could see the channel that had been formed by the flow of water over the years. Running water had carved deeply into the rock. With perseverance, water can shape and wear away at even the hardest stone.
Even as I noticed that running water humbly seeks the lowest place, that humbling journey is profoundly impactful. Water that chooses to stay put, refusing to be humbled, instead stagnates and has almost no impact. The humble journey of running water keeps the water fresh and alive. A pond becomes polluted through lack of change.
Running water smoothes the rough edges of the stones it is flowing past. Humble people, with perseverance, have the power to smooth the rough edges of the people they live with over time. Greater humility actually means a stronger flow of spiritual influence. Where the water falls are places of the greatest change–rocks are significantly shaped by the falls. And as long as the water continues to flow, change will take place in the channel of its flow.
Greater leadership influence is the fruit of greater servanthood and humility. The greatest ones truly are those who intend to be least of all! Our culture writes books about leadership that disregard this backward, upside-down way of leadership.