Guest Blogger Bob Stewart

Where Will This Rainbow Lead?
Where Will This Rainbow Lead?

Dear readers, today it’s with great pleasure I introduce Bob Stewart, a Husband, Father, Man of God, and writer. Today’s post is courtesy of Bob and is entitled:

“Who’s Not Capable?”

Have you ever felt you didn’t have the skills, background, character, or even physical traits to be a leader? Have people assumed you don’t have what it takes to lead without even giving you a chance to see what you can do?

God oftentimes in the Bible used the least likely character to be a leader. One leader in particular was one of the judges – Ehud. God would bring up “judges” or military leaders every time the Children of Israel needed a leader.

So one time God brought up a leader to deliver the Israelites from the Moabites. He brought up Ehud – a left-handed man from the tribe of Benjamin (Judges 3:12-30).

Being left-handed meant one of three things in the Middle East during that time. You were either: 1) slow or stupid, 2) unclean, as left was considered the “restroom cleaning” hand, or 3) evil-minded. Either way, it wasn’t positive.

And the tribe of Benjamin was considered the “low man on the totem pole,” as Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob. The tribe of Benjamin also had a strong occurrence of left-handed members.

So all was against him going into this opportunity. However, God chose Ehud for a purpose. He was to kill the mighty King Eglon and lead Israel out of the Moabite control.

Ehud’s sword was strapped to the opposite side of his body, so the Moabite King didn’t notice the sword. He thought Ehud was a safe person to meet with him. But Ehud was able to kill King Eglon with the sword in his left hand and free the Israelites.

What does that have to do with us today? Many a time we believe we don’t have what it takes to be a leader when given an opportunity. We have traits that may be perceived as weaknesses, but God can use them as strengths!

I have shared that story over and over with my younger son, as he is smaller than everyone else in his class and is left-handed. Kids used to make fun of him for writing differently in school. I told him this story, and he was so amazed!

Now he considers being left-handed a bonus – a gift from God. And he connects more with me, because I am left-handed as well.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. This is a great story, Bob!
    Thanks for posting this, Jeff!

    As I’ve tried to make my way through the Bible, I am currently in the book of Judges. But I keep getting sidetracked by other studies.

    This reminds me of the kinds of illuminations given in a great leadership book by John C. Maxwell, The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day.
    It takes the lessons laid out in his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, and associates them into a Bible study.
    I definitely recommend it.

    There’s absolutely nothing more powerful than God’s Inspired Word! =)

  2. Craig – thanks for the great response! And thanks for the book recommendation. I have the “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” but not the companion book you mentioned. It sounds like an inspiring read.

  3. Amen I say to you.

    I love everywhere that is written in the Bible. It is so powerful. It preludes important information, wisdom, history, etc.

    And today, with these two comments, I say amen, this is the seed of what Mid Life Celebration is hopeful for.

    That a community be built (or enhanced), where this sort of sharing goes on, to inspire men to help each other be great role models for younger generations.

    PS. Again, this is a small mustard seed, but please trust me, there is a big vision. It big, and it’s simple.

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