Topic for June-July: Every Ruizian Can Provide God-Loving Leadership for Service

WHY LEAD?

          Did you ever think of the reasons people want to lead? Some see a chance for power…prestige…privilege. But many look beyond these toward the greatest good…SERVICE TO OTHERS…borne out of love.

          You have recently witnessed the election of your Student Government officers… you were the ones who chose them. So, you are confident they can lead the way!

          When they are inducted to office, part of their promise will be to perform their leadership role to the best of their ability… but they cannot do it alone.

          “So help me God”, so goes their prayer.

           They know they need God’s help.

           They also need your support and cooperation.

           A leader is one who – KNOWS the way,

  • GOES the way

          SHOWS the way.

            Leaders should be able to touch people’s hearts and minds,

  • are able to persuade others to do good,
  • have worthwhile goals that will benefit others, and
  • have a vision of how these goals can be achieved.

ALL TRUE LEADERSHIP LEADS TO GOD.

             Throughout His life, Jesus offered an example by becoming immersed in the joys and sorrows of people around Him. He reached out to those in need…a model of the SERVANT-LEADER…summed up in the words…

                Love one another as I have loved you. (John 5:21)

EVERYONE HAS SOME LEADERSHIP ROLE TO PLAY.

                Develop leadership skills by putting God-given abilities to use.

Have you ever noticed that –

                IF you smile at people, they smile back?

                   IF you’re giving, people want to give right back?

                      IF you’re sure-footed, they want to follow your footsteps?

                         IF you’re confident about reaching a goal, others echo that confidence

                                  and try to achieve it with you?

It is within our grasp to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him,

                Bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10)

                By taking the lead even in small matters, the Ruizian can be a true leader if he or she possesses humility and has connections with God through prayer. He or she should be one who has first learned to obey and has proven to be a good follower.

                                -faithfully carrying out personal, family, religious, and civic duties, being a good example

                                -seeking to serve others rather than dominating them

                                -learning how to volunteer, to assist

                                -speaking for justice

                                -encouraging the downhearted

-taking unpopular but essential stands; coming up with suggestions even if they are not accepted sometimes

-giving up on wants and spending only on needs

-foregoing some luxuries to have those who have little or nothing

-respecting the personality and freedom of others

-accepting willingly a responsibility he or she can handle

-respecting and caring for self, developing God-given talents

-being faithful to St. Bonaventure’s ideal of Christian wisdom

-thinks, prays, and acts on the admonition of Christ.

Whoever would be great among you must be your servant.

Even the Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.  (Matthew 20:26-28)

A-C-T-I-O-N.

                The opportunities for leadership influence are open to all. You can contribute something of yourself, your talents, your knowledge in a very real way so that others may live a little better and be a little happier.

                                Whether leader or follower, remember…

  • To put your best foot forward ALWAYS and be content with nothing but your BEST PERFORMANCE, leaving no place for mediocrity.
  • To invest your best efforts toward keeping the fires of hope glowing in our country who, in turn, in these moments, is looking up to you for LEADERSHIP

                                …planting the seeds of freedom and greatness, peace and prosperity

                                                …for tomorrow’s generation to reap!

Let us keep in mind that Hope is certainty that the WORD OF GOD will be fulfilled.

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