One of the most appealing aspects of Awakening is the many different areas that people can be leaders in. There is truly a position for everyone to use their skills here. I recently saw an incredible example of the way just a little bit of leadership can help out an entire group. A few weeks ago I went to go watch my old rugby team play at San Jose State. They were playing Fresno State, a team that, historically, has not been very good. Unfortunately this year SJSU wasn’t very good and both teams, A and B side (kind of like Varsity and JV), lost. During the B side game I noticed a team that had a severe lack of leadership and it showed in the way they played. They did not play as a team and were getting frustrated and mad at each other by the end of the game. Then something very interesting happened. Two weeks after the Fresno game they played UC Santa Cruz and the B side played 300% percent better (coach’s words) than they had the game before. The funny thing is that the team was basically the same except for 3 confident veteran players that were helping out that day. Three players might seem like a big difference but, in rugby there are fifteen players on each team; so it was not necessarily that these three players were all stars on the field or even individually that good. No, the thing these players brought was leadership. When things were going poorly on the field they were able to keep the team calm. And because of their knowledge of the rules they were able to explain to the newer guys exactly what they were doing wrong and how to avoid doing it again. The team’s confidence grew as the game went on and they ended up winning the game by a large margin, a feat that I thought unachievable based on their performance in the prior game. It was interesting to see how such a small change in leadership could affect the entire group.

Just like in sports the Church needs leaders too. In Exodus 18:17-18, Moses realized that he could not lead his people alone, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people that come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.” There was no way that he could tend to the needs of all his people by himself so he decided to choose leaders from out of the tribes, “He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens (Exodus 18:25).” Now I don’t think that everyone is called to be leaders of thousands but I do think that we were all given gifts that can help out in some way. Because you never know who you will influence or how much your help can mean to the entire team.

Author: DJ Avilucea

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