From Kent Carlson's Soul Journey: "I am convinced that personal ambition, and a pastoral ethic centered around productivity and success is brutal to our souls and destructive to the souls of the people we lead. I believe there is a better way. But it requires us to walk right into the messiness of our own ambitious hearts, ready to die to those ambitions. We must become skilled at detecting the odor of personal ambition, then flee from it as if the church's future depends on it. For I believe it does."
From the lectionary this week: "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." Mark 9:35b
I've posted this quote before, but in light of this week's scripture text, I've had it on my mind, without being able to really work it in to my sermon: