There are lots of choices to accomplish our goals in life. Paths that go after fortune and fame without being honorable, turning to half truths and innuendo, and stepping on whoever happens to get in the way on our way to the top. We could choose these and similar paths, but that's not the best way, it's not God's way, to achieve success. Matthew 7:15-18 MSG “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook." We can see from this passage that character is much more important than charisma. I saw a post today that said something like 'Spread the gospel wherever you go and speak only if you have to.' It was a very good analogy of this lesson. We can talk a big game, but it's so much more important to actually do something. Do something that promotes the ideals that make us known as a believer. We have the best character example in Jesus. He didn't need hype or propaganda to accomplish anything. He got out there and got the job done. Yes, He had the disciples to help Him, but He was always right there in the thick of things. Going about the Father's business with integrity and character. Action with excellence. Getting to the top of anything takes time and effort. Work. Working hard to achieve a goal is not popular or easy, but it is effective. Simply having a skill isn't enough. Being a people person will only get you so far. Speaking well will garner success for awhile. Charisma by itself is ineffective. Effort plus time and ability equals accomplishment. Deciding to try is a successful strategy in itself. Doing the right thing doesn't take more work than doing the wrong thing. It does take effort. It does take responsibility. It does take character. Who you are in real life is much more important than any false persona you might project. Character. It's the real deal.