William Sprankles @wsprankles
When you hear the phrase “Casting the First Stone,” what comes to mind? Perhaps a pastor, or minister, preaching to not be the first person to cast a stone. Or, maybe a parent lecturing to their child? No matter where you hear it from, it’s usually has a negative connotation, but why?
“Casting the First Stone” can be redefined into something that is not only positive, but also has the capacity to change the world. Casting the first stone is what separates the men from the boys, the strong from the weak, and the people that are referred to as the chosen few.
Casting the first stone is a mentality and attitude that develops leaders. Leadership is a common term; perhaps an overly used word. But what does it really mean? Leading is defined as taking the directing or principal part. On the other hand, anyone has the capacity to call them-self a leader and arrogantly step forward and demand control. However, that’s not truly being a leader. A leader goes beyond the vague definitions given from a dictionary.
A Leader is someone who:
Within the culture of schools and education, a Leader:
Those details and character traits are what separates leaders from the pack – as many are called but few are chosen. We all have the ability to be leaders and we cannot make the decision to be less than that.
We must cast the first stone and be better than we are now. Whether it is one person standing up to their group of friends or a teacher that comes to school an hour earlier to help a student who is struggling – cast the first stone.
Don’t be afraid to cast the first stone. Even the smallest stone thrown in a river still creates a ripple effect that will reach every inch of the water. The changes we start here could spark a revolution and shape this world into the change we wish to see. It all starts with you pushing yourself to be the leader you know you were meant to be.
Make the change and Cast the First Stone.
By Imani Roberson
Princeton High School – c/o 2014
Student Leader, Advocate and Viking – 24/7