I'm kind of missing Jerry Lewis this year, but his absence proves that the cause is greater than the man. That's a lesson we need to learn in all areas of our lives, whether we're reeling from the loss of a loved one, picking up the pieces after the fall of a hero from grace, or a parishioner adjusting to a new Pastor.
By all accounts the Muscular Dystrophy Association raised more money this year than ever before. We armchair critics can chalk it up to one thing or another, but initial results indicate the board of the MDA made the right decision in asking Jerry to hang it up. In a day and age where boards and managers and teachers and politicians are operating in fear of upsetting real and imagined up applecarts, this executive team took a bold step. It hurts to see a man who's given so much asked to step away. It must have hurt like hell for them to have to do it, but it had to be done.
There's a lesson in this for all of us. We may not always like it, but an effective leadership team makes tough decisions that are best for their organization. That's the job of an informed, educated, dedicated and courageous Board.