PRIMER ON LEADERSHIP. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45.
Joey King, Trevor Lawrence’s high school coach: “Everything that he does, if he’s doing well, he’s going to defer the credit to somebody else. If he’s doing badly, he’s going to own up and take responsibility even if it’s not his fault. That’s just kind of what he’s made out of.” If I weren’t so verbose, I could end this post on that quote. In case you don’t know who Trevor Lawrence is, he is the quarterback of the Clemson university national champion football team. A Lawrence-quarterbacked team has never lost a game in college, and since he was 14 years old and in the ninth grade, his teams have suffered three defeats overall and just the two as a starter. What about his last team’s loss, in high school? “In the aftermath, to see his leadership just continue to flourish, he’s such a selfless young man,” coach Foster said. “His concern was his teammates. There wasn’t any head-hanging from him. There wasn’t sitting around and crying and moping. It was him trying to seek out his teammates and trying to make sure that they were OK. Loving on them and consoling them. His leadership just never stops to amaze me.”
In this age of YouTube superstars with millions of “followers”, who have actually accomplished nothing except to profit from mimicry of their buffoonery, hypocritical “celebrities” who fly around in private jets in order to scold the rest of the world about global warming, a braggart President, media woke-scolds who lie on camera to promote their pet causes and politicians, there are still true winners, true leaders, who say little about themselves and serve others without fanfare. While Trevor Lawrence types are rare, it does seem that the latest crop of winning college quarterbacks–like Tua Tagavailoa, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts–embody very similar characteristics.
Of course, the Bible has a lot to say on leadership, and the proverbs of Solomon are particularly pithy:
Proverbs 26:11. Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
Proverbs 26:12. Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes. there is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs 26:16. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
10:20. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.
Proverbs 16:18. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:32. Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Proverbs 17:10. A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than 100 blows into a fool.
Proverbs 18:2. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, only in expressing his own opinion.
Proverbs 18:12-13. Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. If one gives an answer before he hears the matter it is his folly and shame.
Proverbs 17:28. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Proverbs 29:1. He who is often reproved but stiffens his neck will be suddenly broken beyond healing .
Proverbs 29:11. A fool gives full vent to his spirit but a wise man holds it back.
Proverbs 29:23. One’s pride will bring him low but a man who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Want to be a winner? Adjust your attitude to those proverbs, and the heart of Jesus. You won’t throw like Trevor Lawrence but you will be and have a richer treasure.