Leading by Example: Part 2

Shaka Smart

Virginia Commonwealth University head coach Shaka Smart recently dove on a basketball that rolled loose on the floor while he was giving a halftime speech to his players. His attempt to convey the importance of hustle was not just a one-time ploy. VCU’s coaching staff received a rousing ovation at a practice session for the NCAA Final Four in Reliant Stadium in Houston when they started a drill that had them taking charges, diving on the floor for loose balls and sprinting across the court to save a ball that was heading out of bounds. Coach Smart said, “It’s a drill we do pretty regularly with our team…Our coaches figured we would step in and put our bodies where our mouth is.”

A person who wants to become a leader in God’s kingdom must be willing to lead by example. You have to show people that you are willing to do the things that you expect them to do. If you want people to pray, study the Bible, serve in the community, invite people to church, etc., you have to be doing those things yourself. You can’t lead people anywhere you aren’t willing to go yourself.

Jesus says, “…Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28).  

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