Are You Providing Hope?
Bible Character: Dorcas
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (Which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor. Acts 9:36 NIV
Dorcas created hope through her concern for others.
Hope, at its base, is really anticipation…for seeing something better. Dorcas helped those around her have hope by providing for their needs.
By simply serving those around her, Dorcus gained influence and inspired the community that she lived in. In modern times this concept of leading is called “Servant Leadership.” Even though this is a Biblical concept, Robert Greenleaf coined the phrase in a publication in 1970.
In basic terms a leader does not try to keep all the power to themselves, instead they share it with others in hopes that lives are enriched and more hope is created for in all involved.
Desire with Anticipation
Organizations that practice servant leadership create anticipation among staff members so they have an increased desire to serve. If an individual feels empowered and valued they have a greater sense of worth, creating an atmosphere that will lead them to want to do the same for others. When this atmosphere is amplified, great things can begin to happen.
Breaking it Down
The products and services that our organizations provide will help others. Whether you build computers, prepare food, counsel patients, provide legal services, take care of the sick, or clean the school; almost all professions help people and create hope. We need to focus on contributing towards that promise.
Dorcus possessed resources that gave her the ability to provide for the poor. Her example is a reminder for all of us to use our capital for encouraging others.