Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Sign of Leadership

Two rival high school basketball teams were going at it fast and furious. Late in the first half, a guard for one team stole the ball and headed for an easy layup. But before he could shoot, an opponent caught him and sent him crashing to the floor.

For some reason, the referee failed to call this flagrant foul. But the coach of the
offending player noticed. and he pulled him out, put his arm around him, and told him that kind of play is unacceptable.

Leadership like that is rare. It takes a person of courage to stand up in a crowd and admit that there's wrongdoing on his side and then take steps to correct it.
Ezra was that kind of leader. When
he told, The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves" (9:1), he reacted with deep sorrow. Hr confronted the wrong and identified with the people, confessing the sin. "O my God." he said as he fell oil his knees before the Lord. "I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God: ... Our guilt has grown up to the heavens

Are you looking for someone you can follow with confidence? Look for leaders who will take responsibility even in a had situation.

They lead the best who dare to lead
Where others fear to tread;
They do not cover up their faults
But right their wrongs instead


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