What is a GOAT? Simply put … it means the “Greatest of all Time.” If you ask most people how they would describe a GOAT, they would mostly describe a “boss,” which is a successful (and sometimes cool) person who never settles for less. They are the “large and in charge” type of people, who may sometimes be found stepping over others just to get ahead. These days, so many of us are fighting to keep up with the Joneses or Kardashians or whoever is hot at the moment. We can get so wrapped up in trying to prove our “greatness” to the world that we easily forget about those around us. We no longer have time for each other because we give all of our time to ourselves. Still, at the end of the day, this “greatness” means nothing if it hasn’t touched the lives of those in your world.
“True greatness comes from serving others, not as a slave, but as one who simply loves people and desires to love people as Christ loves us.” We must remember that we were created in God’s image (Gen. 1:27). Couple this with the fact that only once in the Bible does Jesus say, “Follow my example,” as He served the disciples by washing their feet (John 13: 5-17). He also said, “The greatest among you will be your servants (Matt. 23: 11).” Now, I’m not saying that you should go around washing random people’s feet … unless you enjoy getting black eyes. What I am saying is that, like God, we were created to serve. And like God, we were created for greatness, which according to Christ is being of service to mankind. There’s nothing wrong with being at the top of your game. By all means, give attention to your craft and gifts and go as high as you can possibly go in that field. But don’t ever neglect your best opportunity for true greatness. As crazy as it sounds, your accomplishments – monetarily, in business or in fame – shouldn’t be the sole focus of your life. If YOU are the center of your world, … it’s a small world.
Continue to live your life, but always (every day) find ways to add value to people through serving/ helping them. A wise person said that you’ll ALWAYS find what you’re looking for. So, if you’re looking for someone who has a need, you’ll find them. Need is all around us, all the time; so, service is easy and we all have something to give: money, expertise, time, etc. There’s no telling where God can take your relationships, your career and your life if you spend your time being more like Him.
“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Kirby N. McKinney