Leadership Promises - John C. Maxwell
"Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place . . . For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights,and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great." Job 2: 11–13
"And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude . . . " Mark 3:7-8
Most people think of charisma as something mystical, almost undefinable. They think it's a quality that comes at birth or not at all. But charisma is the ability to draw people to you. And like other character traits, it can be developed.
How do you rate when it comes to charisma? Are other people naturally attracted to you? If not, it could be because you possess one these roadblocks to charisma:
"And the Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, 'Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the Lord'." Leviticus 25:1-2
"Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, 'It is not desirable that we should leave the Word of God and serve tables . . . but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word'." Acts 6:2,4
"Then Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered and said, 'Let not my lord suppose they have killed all the young men, the king's sons, for only Amnon is dead. For by the command of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar'." 2 Samuel 13:32
"Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many." Nehemiah 7:1-2
Two emotions usually follow a great achievement: a sign of relief and celebration and a sense of . . . now what? The period after a success can become a dangerous time. Sometimes we feel tempted toward complacency, especially if we lack another goal. We can become satisfied and let down our guard. Momentum leaks.
"Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also." Acts 12:1-3