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Originally published 01-11-09
On Today's Theme:
The people who lead and inspire us do so because of who they are
as much as by what they say and do. We follow them because we
trust them and want to be with them. We truly hear what they say be-
cause their words are free from agenda. We love them for a sense of
humility that reaches into our souls and touches our hearts. We
believe them because they make us believe in ourselves.
Leaders can be found on the playground, in a bank, at church,
in homes across the world and occasionally in public office.
You are a chosen leader, having been handpicked by the highest
Authority for vital, world-saving work.
Like Moses, you may cry
out, "I'm nothing, why me?" Hopefully, like Moses, you'll step
forward anyway, in love and humility, armed only with whatever
the Heavenly Father instructs you to bring along. The Golden
Rule applies to leaders most of all: Be the kind of leader
that you yourself would choose to follow.
- Lisa Bowman
You may think that you were not a "born leader."
But why, then, were you created? Each of us has
been given unique strengths and abilities; we have
the choice to use them selfishly or to share
them with others...
Our current generation is so hungry for meaning and
direction, for spiritual nourishment, that each of us
must serve as a leader. Whatever you have learned,
whatever you have been touched by, you must share
with others. You cannot waste time wondering if you
are truly equipped to help your fellow man...
One leader creates another and another, ad infinitum,
just as one candle's flame lights another and another,
until the once-impenetrable darkness has
turned to brilliant light.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of The Rebbe Menachem
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
Power for the purpose of advancing reputation or inflating
egos is not power motivated by love. When God used Paul
and Barnabas to heal a cripple at Lystra, the astonished
people tried to turn them into Greek gods, but they tore
their clothes and shouted out, "We are also men, of like
nature with you" (Acts 4:15 RSV)...
This leads us to the second mark of spiritual power, humility.
Humility is power under control. Nothing is more dangerous
than power in the service of arrogance. Power under the
discipline of humility is teachable.
Excerpted from "Seeking the Kingdom,"
by Richard J. Foster
Nobility is rooted in humility.
Loftiness is based on lowliness.
- Chuang Tzu
Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu (369-286 B.C.E.) draws
attention to one of the basic teachings of Taoism: humility
of heart...True greatness is found in the humble disposition.
It is an acceptance of reality balanced with an openness to
to positive change...As Chuang Tzu teaches us, the heights of
experience must be grounded in the firmness of the earth. Let
us strive for this noble virtue that is the basis of all the others--
the foundation of good governance, the possibility of peace,
and the spiritual evolution of each person.
Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004
A true leader does not seek followers; he wants
to teach others how to be leaders. He does not
want control; he wants the truth...He inspires
by love, not coercion. When it comes time to
take credit, he makes himself invisible; but he
is the first to arrive at the time of need, and
he will never shrink away in fear.
From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
...and now, The Last Word:
The purpose and intent (of a true leader)
shall be to elevate mankind's faith,
and to fill the world with justice.
Spanish rabbi, philosopher, physician
From Law of Kings 4:10
Random Bonus Quote:
Paradoxically, it's most often our smallest, most anonymously
done good works that have the greatest spiritual impact
in and on this world.
American radio host and author