24 May: The Curse of Leadership

If you’ve ever wondered why leadership is rarely without problems, today’s chapter shows that even someone who’s clearly visible as a suitable leader, will experience rejection from at least one party…

READ 1 SAMUEL 10  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Most of us want to be liked. How wonderful to progress due to hard work, knowing that it’s because your leader has empowered you or, you’re empowered to lead by a positive team. With that said, leadership can also be a real curse since people, by nature, have potential for great harm.

Few people feel fine about being publicly put down or disliked. It becomes very difficult, for example, when you’re picked for a role, then hear grumbling on the side lines. [v27] If a leader, am I helping my followers thrive today – knowing who’s on my team, and empowering their full potential for great good as a shepherd and servant-leader? If a follower, am I falling into the category of “Saul’s valiant men”? [v26] Regardless of fully knowing Saul’s strengths or weaknesses, they committed themselves at the outset, to being a blessing not a curse, by being positive members of Saul’s team. Whatever I’m experiencing, one thing is sure – the success of any team is in those on the team. If I’m following the omnipresent (ever-present) Creator God, He’ll be with me on my team.

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with the one who designed you to be like Him? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Wealth and honour come from You, Lord, because You’re the Ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, my God, I give You thanks, and praise Your glorious Name. [1 Chronicles 29:12-13]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the people of France[b]
  • Your Country: God’s Will to be done on Earth
  • Yourself: Commitment to your Maker
  • Your concerns for today
Satisfy me in the morning with Your unfailing love, O Lord, that I may sing for joy and be glad all my days. [Psalm 90:14]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I want to honour You now, God of my ancestors, and do Your will. I want to separate myself from everything that will influence me away from You. [Ezra 10:11]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Thank-you, Father God, that because I love You, You’ll rescue me; You’ll protect me, for I acknowledge Your Name. [Psalm 91:14]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” [Galatians 6:10]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/fran/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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