I believe in miracles because I don’t have what it takes to figure out every part of my life or accurately assess the risks I face or plan it and take the right actions to succeed.
That’s why I believe in miracles. A connection to a higher power, God, that can make a difference when I run out of steam or when I just don’t have a clue.
Harvard Business Review: Power & Attractiveness
In How to Develop Your Leadership Style (Nov-Dec 2020 Issue), the authors shared what it takes to get considered for leadership positions. They argued that your style (what you do, when you do it, and how often) not your personality (which you can’t really change) determines how others perceive your ability to lead. They concluded that the ‘style’ signals we send to others fall into two categories:
- Power – These markers are associated with confidence, charisma, competence. It could also be arrogance, intimidation etc.
- Attractiveness – These markers are associated with being likeable, approachable, submissive. It could also come across as lacking confidence.
Some people naturally display one marker a lot more than the other, which could make them come across as weak (attractiveness) or confident (power).
However, if you can blend the two styles, and know when to use them, people will say you have ‘Presence’. Some situations will require you to show power markers and for some attractiveness markers. But you are not likely to succeed as a leader if you do not show power.
Jews & Gentiles
This analogy made me remember the Jews and Gentiles. Gentiles are more into wisdom and philosophy while Jews on the other hand are more into display of power or signs. Paul explained this in 1 Corinthians 22 – 24 (NLT) when he was describing the impact of the message of the cross.
24 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. [Emphasis mine].
You need attractiveness or finesse or ‘dropping’ wisdom. You also need to move mountains, and that requires power. Christ combines both!
I believe in miracles
A few weeks ago, I attended a lecture where the facilitator shared a timed multiple choice quiz for us to take. Here’s how it worked. We all logged into a mobile app (Kahoot) to take the quiz. The app only shows the multiple choice answers using shapes while the lecturer’s screen shows the questions and the answers the shapes represent. The lecturer reads the question and possible answers, and we’d select the right shape on the phone.
If you can’t see the lecturer’s screen, you can’t answer the questions.
Half way through the quiz, the lecturer’s screen froze. All efforts to inform the lecturer didn’t work. The lecturer kept reading the questions and answers but none of us knew what answers to pick because we couldn’t see the screen. We all played along until the end.
I won the quiz. (Please don’t ask me how). That win also meant I was handpicked by the lecturer to give a presentation in the next class plus the privilege of a 1on1 call.
I believe in miracles (and I expect them) even if I can’t explain them.
You should too!
Welcome to the #MiracleSeries. In this 3 part series, I hope to stir up your faith that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ever ask or imagine. You just need to believe.
I will also share a song that I’m currently listening to and I pray that you are blessed.
Song: You Hold It All Together – Maverick City x UPPERROOM