For folks in people/consumer industries, the constant flow of lame excuses can really become disheartening and frustrating. I talk to a lot of people — Group leaders, Ministry leaders, Business owners, etc. — that deal with this all the time. I know for me personally, I’d much rather be given the cold, hard truth than be fed lame excuses, lies, or be ignored. When you work with people, TRUTH is PARAMOUNT to TRUST.
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If you are a Learning Leader, living life in light of a Biblical Worldview in obedience to Jesus through His Word, here is something I’ve had to learn to do (though I still struggle from time to time)…
- Celebrate what you’ve been given…rather than focus on what you don’t have.
- Celebrate who shows up…rather than fixate on who doesn’t.
- Celebrate positive results…rather than be defeated over failed results.
- Celebrate the powerful testimonies of changed lives…rather than be discouraged over the obstinate, belligerent ones.
- Celebrate those to whom you can give assistance…rather than focus on those who refuse your help.
- Pray for wisdom and discernment to know the difference.
There will always be the person who didn’t show up or engage, who didn’t bother to respond, who was dissatisfied with your product/service, who took advantage of your heart and returned it with passive-aggression, sarcasm, or complete failure to acknowledge your existence. We as humans whose hearts have been corrupted by evil and self-elevation can be thoughtless and sometimes just downright mean. People are people…nothing more. God is God…nothing less.
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You must keep your gaze fixed on the One who is in constant care for and absolute rule over all of His Creation, for HIS glory and the good of HIS people – the Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator and Savior of our souls.
I’ve said it many, many times, having trusted in Jesus and His Way of life for 45 years, I cannot possibly imagine navigating the culture in which we live without His grace and mercy, without His example of living, without His instruction through His Word, without being able to trust in His strength over my weakness.