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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
The Book of John, Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, The Rebbe, Simon Jacobson, Henri Nouwen, Laozi
We've been traveling a bit by car, so our ears have been assaulted with
a lot of politically-charged pundit opining.
Listen to it long enough, and
you're tempted to spike your hair, get a tattoo and choke opponents
into submission inside the Octagon!
But it's much more productive to
stop and contemplate the qualities of leadership, a concept with which
we all called upon to grapple, for leadership is a quality, not a position.
If the Lord dwells in your heart, you have been called to lead in one way
or another; it's why our hearts yearn to understand how we're being
called to lead. It's safe to say that for most of us, leading doesn't involve
running for political office! But there are an infinite number of other ways
to lead. Read the quotes below and you'll note the terms "power,"
"charisma" and "intellectualism are nowhere to be found.
However, "service" and "love" are placed in the forefront.
So how are we being called to lead today?
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When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to
Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love
me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord,
you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed
my lambs." He then said to him a second time,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to
him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He
said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him a
third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third
time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord,
you know everything; you know that I love you."
(Jesus) said to him, "Feed my sheep."
John 21: 13-17
New American Bible
Lord Buddha's admonition to us was (to serve)
by helping those who suffer physically to overcome
physical suffering, those who are in fear to overcome
fear, those who suffer mentally to overcome mental
suffering. Be of service to all living things.
Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne
founder of the movement Sarvodaya
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Moses was the quintessential leader. We read in Exodus that
he was a shepherd -- a rather modest beginning for the man
who would speak to G-d. He kept watch as thousands of sheep
wandered the fields. Moses noticed that one sheep was missing
and went off to look for it, finding it at a distant brook. He
waited until the sheep had finished drinking, then he lifted
it onto his shoulders and carried it back to the flock.
When G-d saw this, he realized that Moses was a man of reason,
empathy, and selfless devotion, a man truly worthy to lead His
people. After all, no one was watching Moses; he could easily
have thought to himself, Why be concerned with one
sheep when there are thousands?
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful LIfe: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem
Mendel Schneerson," by Simon Jacobson, Perennial Currents, 2002
In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an
enormous need for men and women who know the heart of
God, a heart that forgives, cares, reaches out and
wants to heal. In that heart there is no suspicion,
no vindictiveness, no resentment, and not a tinge
hatred. It is a heart that wants only to give
love and receive love in response.
Excerpted from "In the Name of Jesus,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1989
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 does not impose his
leadership on others, nor does he take away anyone's
autonomy. 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. He is so passionate about
your welfare that when you consult him for guidance, it
is like coming face to face with yourself for the first time.
From "Toward A Meaningful LIfe: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson," by Simon Jacobson
...I am speaking of a leadership in which power is
constantly abandoned in favor of love.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest, author of over 40 books
The Last Word:
To lead the people,
walk behind them.
Laozi (6th century, BC)
Founder of Taoism
Random Bonus Quote:
Jesus picked up twelve men from the bottom ranks of business
and forged them into an organization that conquered the world.
Bruce Barton (1886-1967)
American author and advertising executive