Athlete, Are You A Leader?

Are You A Leader?

1  "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves."

Romans 15:1 (NIV)

Just as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson won a state championship in high school, he turned and observed his celebrating locker room scene afterwards, noting something startling, something missing. It changed the course of his playing style and career. He had scored the vast majority of his team's points and grabbed the vast majority of his team's rebounds in the championship game.

It was truly an MVP performance. Others hadn't carried the load so well. The weak failed but the team won. Johnson was surprised to find he was more alone in his joy than he would have imagined and it ran through him like a thunderbolt. He purposed in his heart from that day forward that he would play for others, for their joy, helping the weak, not just pleasing himself. This is how he grew his leadership into a Hall of Fame career.

Athlete, when you are strong, bear with the failings of those who are weak. It's hard to do but so worth it. To do so is to imitate God. To do so is to obey God. This is how community is to function. Forbear failure. Let it mark you and your leadership. Champion the strengthening of the weak. That's how real leadership grows.

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