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The Path to Greatness

Right now I’m sitting on the floor of an elementary school’s gym, watching my son practice basketball.

His dreams are big and his desire shows in the hard work he puts in. From the details in practice to the games he plays, he’s reaching to learn and be the best he can be.

I’m not sure where this will take him but I’m enjoying the moments and showing him the path to get him there.

For all of us, the path we take will determine if we reach our goals and live out our dream.

So, what path are you on right now?

“Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.”

Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭26‬

Is it the path to greatness?

I believe that God has placed us on this earth to make a difference and to maximize our purpose. We’re not here to exist and tolerate life. We’re here to thrive and live out the purpose God has for us.

Therefore, we must remember that we have a part in this and the path we take determines so much.

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭3‬

For us as leaders, when we choose the path to greatness it impacts our lives and the lives of those around us. Leadership is about serving and giving to a purpose that reaches beyond ourselves. In fact, Jesus defined greatness as those that serve.

“The greatest among you must be a servant.”

Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭11‬

So, here are four things to be on the path to greatness.

1st – Make God number one.

When God is number one in our life, our purpose comes into view. This is because He is our creator, and from Him are all things, and to Him are all things, He deserves it all.

We as leaders are better when God is number one in our lives. Furthermore, the path to greatness begins with God, which is why we must make Him number one.

This is a decision we make that shows in our priorities, what we give to, how we live, and how we think of our lives.

Today, I encourage you to let Jesus be your number one priority and passion.

2nd – Choose to make a difference.

When we choose to make a difference that benefits others, greatness will be discovered. This is because when we see a picture beyond ourselves and reach to help others, greatness follows.

Life is fun when we choose to be solution-oriented versus complaining. What problems do you think about? What stirs you up? The answer to this is an insight into how God wants you to make a difference.

Too often people focus on how things are different or how people are different, but God has called us to make a difference.

3rd – Be a servant leader.

The greatest leaders are servants. They gave themselves to something beyond them and served their fellow man. This is why we honor Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln. These individuals were servants, and because of that, they made the world better and impacted generations.

We can be servant leaders to our families. We can be servant leaders in our careers. We can be servant leaders in our church. We can be servant leaders to anyone. This is a posture of the heart, and when we do this, we are on the path to greatness. This is what Jesus said greatness was and this is what we can do.

4th – Don’t take shortcuts.

Greatness is not achieved by taking shortcuts, it’s achieved by hard work and not giving up.

There’s a temptation to cut corners and take the easy road thinking we will get to our dream faster. But this is a lie, and in the end, it leaves us fruitless and frustrated. Part of the enjoyment of life is going through the process which requires us to avoid shortcuts and do it the right way.

Who are you leading right now? What are your goals for the future?

Shortcuts will short-change the people around you and the goals you want to achieve. The path to greatness is for you so go for it.

You can make a difference!
You have an impact!
You can be a part of others having life change through Jesus!

Now is the time and today is the day. Get on the path of greatness and see what God can do!!


Pastor David Norris

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