Leicester City: Legacy through humility

Since Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed, Leicester City’s players have all praised their former boss.

Striker Jamie Vardy described him as, ‘a legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart.’

But what struck me wasn’t what the players said; it was his impact on the supporters and the stadium staff – those who didn’t share his status, power or wealth.

One supporter described his death as ‘losing a member of your family.’ Club ambassador Alan Birchenall said, ‘there won’t be a dry eye among any of the staff today.’

Rising Above

The Leicester CEO sat right at the top. How easy it would have been to invest in people whose work affected his reputation - players, coaching staff and board members.

But he spoke to bar staff, cleaners, teenage apprentices. He invested in the city of Leicester, visiting hospitals, investing in community causes and funding medical research.

Srivaddhanaprabha wasn’t a Christian; but he used the power given to him, not to set up a gap between him and others, but to serve them.  

Serving Below

When we’re starting out in the workplace, we’re often working for people above us.

Sometimes we genuinely want to do a good job for them. Often we work hard because they have the power to promote us.

Then we gain responsibility. We may move up. We may get more power and money. And as Christians, Jesus shows us how to use those blessings.

He is God, who gave up his status and power to serve us (Philippians 2:3-8) – to join and identify with people infinitely further down the pecking order. The broken. The poor. The sinners.

Do you know the name of the guy sorting the mail? The cleaner? The receptionist? The apprentice? Find out. Ask about them. Get to know them.

Yes, it opens gospel opportunities. But also, it’s just how Jesus loved others. And he’s our example (1 Peter 2:21).