MADE FOR BREAKING – How God Shapes Leaders

Major Clarence Bradbury

I’m an ocean person.  I love to watch waves break.  You can tell when a big one is coming.

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Jack McDowell Book

We have each been given talents that were given to us by God at the time of our birth.  Our talents are an important part of our individuality and make us who we are, and enable us to become what we are capable of being.  If we believe we were created in the image and likeness of God, as the Bible states, our talents become a spiritual expression of God working in and through our life.  For those of you who participate in the programs sponsored by The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development, I would like to share some of my experiences that may help you appreciate the value of your talents, and the responsibility you have for their use and development.

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Jack McDowell

jack-mcdowell-250pxJack McDowell

was born in Hollywood, California, during the Great Depression. He served The Salvation Army for thirty-eight years, devoting his life to the organization’s financial needs and dedicated officers. In 2005, Jack endowed and sponsored the opening of The Salvation Army’s School for Leadership Development. Along with his many other accomplishments, Jack is also the author of two books: There’s More to Life Than Making a Living and “The Power of Purpose.”




A Word from Jack

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My prayers have been answered . . .

Two prayers have guided my life: Dear Father, help me find the purpose for my life. Dear Father, help me do the best I can, with what I have, where I am at all times.

The answer to the first prayer came when I was given the opportunity to use my talents to help The Salvation Army. The answer to the second prayer came in the form of successfully using my talents to achieve success that had never been achieved before in behalf of The Salvation Army. When one asks for God’s help for a purpose worthy of their ultimate usefulness, and commits their life to this purpose, miracles beyond belief will take place.

As I entered the age of retirement, after serving The Salvation Army for 38 years, a third prayer came into being: “Dear Father, help me use the remainder of my life to continue my usefulness to The Salvation Army.” At the appropriate time this prayer was answered, in the form of an opportunity, to endow and sponsor The Salvation Army’s School for Leadership Development, the first school of its kind in the history of The Salvation Army.

Now my usefulness will extend beyond my lifetime, and will touch the lives of the men and women who dedicate themselves and their talents to the service of mankind through officer ship in The Salvation Army. I could ask for no more than the knowledge that I have lived for a purpose worthy of my finest efforts.