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The Call To Leadership

Posted by March 25, 2019 • Share:

Strength In Character

During the Passover season, we retell the story of our ancestors’ fight to escape from bondage. As the story goes, Moses was minding his own business, tending to his sheep, when he heard his name echoing through the hillside. The voice, it appeared, was coming from a bush that was engulfed in flame without being consumed. This was his call to leadership. Of course, we don’t all get called to our roles as leaders in such grandiose ways.

Moses was asked to stand up in front of the (metaphorical) room and be the voice of his community. This is a very important form of leadership, though certainly not the only form. Each of us is called to leadership in different ways, and being a leader looks different for each of us. Not everyone leads from the front of the room or the top of the leaderboard. Some of us lead from the middle of the group, some from the side, and others step up by stepping back.

In sports, as in life, the greatest leaders are not always the ones with the most media attention or with the most friends on Insta. A recent article about Clippers guard Lou Williams talks about his indispensable role within his team, as a player who has come off the bench for most of his career. He shared that he understood that he was not meant to be the top-scoring player, always in the limelight. His strength was his ability to step into any position on the court and be a rock for his team. He showed true leadership and strength of character by helping his team, the fans, and the world see the importance of knowing yourself and your value. By stepping back from the limelight, he was able to step up into his true role as a leader.*

Leadership may look different to each one of you. But one thing is clear: each of you has the capacity to lead, and each of you is Strong in Character!

* Lou Williams has twice won the 6th Man of the Year Award and is now the all-time leader in bench scoring.
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Strength in Character – Purim Edition

Posted by March 21, 2019 • Share:

Strength In Character

By Brent Osborne

This month Jews around the world will celebrate the holiday of Purim, commemorating the savior of the Jewish people by Queen Esther from Haman. The story of Purim honors those individuals who stand up for their core values.

Even when she was sequestered in darkness, Queen Esther called upon her strength and courage to save the Jewish people. Like a superhero, she had clear demarcations of right and wrong etched into the granite of her character.

“Who knows if you have not come to your position for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

There is no better time than now to discuss the importance of righteous action with your children. At camp, we start small by teaching our campers what it means to act with integrity when faced with ethical decisions. Integrity is about more than just being honest; it’s about doing what is right for the right reason.

As we recall the story of Purim, be inspired to act for what is just and awaken your inner Superhero by living with integrity. We too can tap into our own hidden super powers and transform our communities.

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