“All I Did…” Leadership and Honor: Eleven Year Old Protects Her Friends From Gunfire

The more I study leadership, the more I am convinced that the concept of honor should be in every leader’s job description.

Further, I don’t think there is such a thing as Godly faithfulness without honor and sacrifice.

Those two thoughts were on my mind when I read about the heroism of J’Nay Bailey.

On Monday, September 30, fifth grader J’Nay was walking home from Montview Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama with her were two younger friends – a kindergartner and first grader.

As the three friends walked, they suddenly heard multiple gunshots ring out. Police say it was about two-dozen shots in all.

That’s when J’Nay Bailey spring into action. Here’s her account (cited below): “All I did was grab the girl in front of me and grab the girl beside me and I put them together, grabbed my coat out of my bookbag, and put my coat over them and I put my body over them too.”

“All I did…”

The Huntsville school district presented J’Nay with a certificate of bravery.

What a vibrant image of leadership in action.

A leader should be someone of honor – the kind of honor that believes passionately, that follows obediently, that lays down its life for its friends. And when the day is done sees a life of honor as simply a natural expression of being a disciple of the Lord Himself. So natural, the story starts with, “All I did…”

Yes, J’Nay’s story would make a great sermon illustration. But it is also a picture of the life to which God has called leaders.

hero_girl_pic

WHNT – http://whnt.com

1 Samuel 2:30b
“But now the Lord declares: I promise that I will honor those who honor me, and those who despise me will be considered insignificant.”

Romans 12:9-10
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Proverbs 3:5-10
Trust the Lord with all your heart,
 and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths smooth. Do not consider yourself wise. Fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Then your body will be healed, and your bones will have nourishment. Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the first and best part of all your income. Then your barns will be full,
and your vats will overflow with fresh wine.

***

Sources

Fifth-Grade Girl Recognized for Bravery

Interview with J’Nay Bailey