Updated: Aug 19, 2020
By now you know that my leadership lessons were framed as much by scripture and life lessons as they were by academics.
I don't know why it took me so long to read the Bible the way I now do at 72, that is, off the mainline stories and into the subplots.
Scripture so captures the human element; for instance, the story of blind Bartimaeus.
First imagine how powerful the works of Jesus must have been in order for only three short years to pass, before he has name recognition regionally, even among blind street people (with no social media).
His disciples are already responding like body guards for a rock star! Note the tone in the verse below.
"As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
Mark 10:46, 49 NIV
We are so predictable as humans around people of fame!
I can only imagine the conversations at night as Jesus, the God-man softens their hearts, molds their minds and shapes the attitudes within this strategically chosen crew.