Leadership – Parking Lot Brawl


Who’s ever heard of a parking lot brawl in the upper-class town of San Ramon, CA?

On the night of February 9th, 2006, a parking lot scuffle occurred between a shoplifter and three security guards. Matters worsened when a small mob of angry shoppers joined the fray, attacking the security guards believing them to be muggers harassing an innocent man. Imagine the confusion: a thief trying to get away with stolen goods, security guards attempting to apprehend the thief while shoppers battled the security guards.

Out of nowhere another man entered the fray and cried with a booming voice, “Everyone back up! Everyone calm down! I am the mayor of San Ramon!”

The thief got away but the mayor managed to settle the mob and give medical treatment to a wounded guard.

Unlike many in high positions, Mayor H. Abram Wilson was willing to get his hands dirty and truly serve those under his authority—even at the risk of his own life.

Jesus said it this way:

“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:41-44 NIV

True Biblical leaders are servant leaders. Are you ready to enter the fray, risk yourself,  and truly serve those whom you are leading?

Story from the East Contra Times, Saturday, February 25, 2006

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