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TODAY'S THEME: BEING A LEADER
The Weekend Edition
 

 
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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

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The greatest leader is a servant. Don't be
a boss. Be a real leader, a servant leader.
A servant leader is a winner. Even when
he loses everything, even when he loses
his life, a servant leader wins it all.

Pat Williams
Senior vice president, Orlando Magic

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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, 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
Buddhist layperson, founder of movement, Sarvodaya

  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

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Material possessions, winning scores, and great
reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the
Lords, because He knows what we really are
and that is all that matters.

John Wooden (1910-   )
Member of Basketball Hall of Fame
as a player and a college coach



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 of 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


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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  Meaningful LIfe: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson," by Simon Jacobson

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...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

 


And now the Last Word:


To lead the people,
walk behind them.


Laozi (6th century, BC)
Chinese philosopher,
Founder of Taoism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 
 

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