Taking the Initiative



Key Bible Verse: “Go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” (Exodus 4:12)

Dig Deeper: Exodus 4:10-12

When Dean Smith retired after 36 years as the head coach of the University of North Carolina, a number of sportswriters dusted off stories from his days as a young coach in the 1960s. It was a tumultuous time in our nation, and Smith put himself in the middle of it, repeatedly. [Many times], he would invite an African American member of the community to lunch. They would head to the most segregated place in town. People would stare and become angry at his audacity to do that in public. Smith didn’t care and would blithely eat his meal, knowing they weren’t about to throw him out, as much as they might want to. Some critics might say [that] what he did was outside his coaching platform. He overstepped his bounds.

Wrong. We all should be expanding our platforms, looking for ways we can influence others and situations for good. This doesn’t have to involve civil disobedience. We can volunteer to tutor, carpool to soccer practice, or start a book discussion group. Have a cheery disposition for everyone we come in contact with. The list of options to make a difference is endless.

– Tony Dungy in The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge

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