Acts 20:19 “I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.”
I remember sitting with a leader on a journey who was passing on his leadership ability to me.
He told me of his many fights with people and how he had won the arguments. I could see how people wanted to be like him for his rhetorical skills, his dogged determination to deal with any slight confrontation and his strength of character for any situation.
But I wondered if he ever wept.
What broke his heart?
I need to learn to ask that question of leaders that inspire me: “What makes you cry?”
Good leaders weep.
Later (v31) Paul says he wept night and day for people.
In doing his Father’s will Jesus offered up loud cries and tears (Heb 5)
So how do we learn tears? By serving with great humility:-
A gentleness towards others.
A desire for the best in others.
A willingness to wash the feet of others.
A commitment to carry the cross for others.
A satisfaction to lose the fight in order to win the war.
There is no humility without tears.