Last week on the way home from work I was scurrying around in the busyness of the Christmas season and trying to get a jump on evening traffic. The area around the mall is a NIGHT. MARE. so I dashed across town using back roads to get to my son’s daycare. As I was driving I just started praying. Not that we pray for no reason but I was kind of praying for “no reason” to be honest. Just giving thanks to The Lord and then I started to speak in my heavenly language. Again, just kind of doing it for “no reason”. Tired, busy, and a little caught in the day to day…. And let me tell you – God can show up at any moment!
As I was praying I kept speaking the word “Lackey”. I noticed it because I don’t have the gift of interpretation and therefore when I’m praying in my heavenly language I know the Spirit is interceding on my behalf and it just feels good… so good! But something about the word “Lackey” was so intense.
Once I finished my running around for the evening, I pulled into my driveway and just for the heck of it googled “Lackey”. I wasn’t even sure if this was a real word. I have never heard it. I only know an awesome woman named Brooke Lackey … and that’s it!
What I found left me in tears.
Let me give you a little back drop. Most of you know I have been extremely blessed by returning to the corporate world but I’ve also been torn because my heart and mission is to speak to women about overcoming anxiety and depression through the Truth of Jesus. The corporate world comes with its own set of challenges – mostly because I normally wouldn’t associate with a lot of these people. I know that sounds rough but I’m serious. People can be SO mean. They are rude and disrespectful at times. In my personal life I am very limited on who I let get close to my heart. I’m still friendly to people but I’m also very guarded. When you work with people day in and day out and you spend more time with them than you do your family, you usually wind up going a little deeper. It’s just our nature to be loved and to connect deeper. I have had my hands burned many times by extending them out to a person in the corporate world. This frustrates me.
So throughout my year of grumbling and complaining and yet giving God praise… (oxymoron)…. I have heard the Spirit speak to my heart multiple times about being a servant. I am the Corporate Human Resources Manager of a global operating company and when I took over this department I let my team know that we worked in a thankless field – but that we would approach each day with a servant’s heart. If our mission is to be servant minded than our whole perspective changes about our careers.
So… back to Lackey.
I google the definition of Lackey and this is what I found:
a servant, especially a liveried footman or manservant.
|synonyms:||servant, flunky, footman, manservant, valet, steward, butler,attendant, houseboy, domestic;
“lackeys helped them from their carriage”
a person who is obsequiously willing to obey or serve another person or group of people.
|synonyms:||toady, flunky, sycophant, flatterer, minion, hanger-on, lickspittle,brown-noser, spaniel, pawn, underling, stooge; More|
There are several theories about the origins of the word. By one theory, it is derived from Medieval French laquais, “foot soldier, footman, servant”, ultimately from Turkish ulak, literally “a messenger”
Now don’t judge me … but I had no idea what a lot of these words meant so I dug deeper.
Livery: special uniform worn by a servant or official.
Obsequious: obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
Footman: a liveried servant whose duties include admitting visitors and waiting at table.
a soldier in the infantry.
Infantry (I know what this means but I just like to see the definition sometimes): soldiers marching or fighting on foot; foot soldiers collectively
Flunky: a liveried manservant or footman.
- a person who performs relatively menial tasks for someone else, especially obsequiously.
Menial: (of work) not requiring much skill and lacking prestige.
|synonyms:||unskilled, lowly, humble, low-status, inferior, degrading;|
Servant: a devoted and helpful follower or supporter
Soooooo …. First of all let me tell you that I sat in my car and UGLY cried for a few minutes. Here is what the Lord told me through a “no reason” prayer:
“You are always praying about opportunities to help others. Your heart is wired to bring out the potential in others and challenge them to live at a higher level. Your mission to go forth in boldness is not always through a stage, book, or conference… your mission is always with you, wherever you are. You are a marked servant of God. You are a messenger. You are uniformed and equipped for battle. You are to be obedient to my direction and to serve others with a humble heart. Your prayers are being answered. The doors are open. The fields are ripe for harvest.”
I was completely undone. God is on the move, y’all. He’s searching the land for those that hear his voice and obey Him. He’s strengthening those who are committed to him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
You are made for a purpose! Don’t let other people’s callings interfere with yours by comparison. Don’t let other people’s facebook page HIGHLIGHTS make you feel as though you’re not doing enough. Moms … stay at home moms … your calling is HUGE!!! You are raising up our future. Receptionists – your smile can be the only light of hope that the UPS / FED EX guy/gal sees every day. CEO – you’re charged with great responsibility. Lead with dignity and raise others up. Pastors – don’t just go through the motions. Your work matters! Your obedience restores hope to hurting people and your ability to carry the weight of the world and lighten the load of others is refreshing.
There is a season for everything. Let’s keep our hearts in heaven and our hands in the harvest. Let’s embrace our roles as a lackey and carry this message of Christ into the dark places. Light triumphs over darkness every time!
Galatians 6:9New International Version (NIV)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Ephesians 6:7New International Version (NIV)
7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,
Philippians 2:5-8New International Version (NIV)
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!