Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday's Thought

"Old Town Offices"

Work has been pretty rough for me lately. A couple of projects aren't coming together as I would like. Technical issues are cropping up. And to top it off one of my superiors makes it seem like I'm not doing the best possible job.

This has created a bad attitude in me. I'm grumpy around this superior and try to avoid him when possible. Why? Because I'm fearful he doesn't have my best interests in mind.

What does this have to do with Sunday Thoughts? Everything, I believe.

When I focus on the negative areas of work and the struggles I'm having with my superior, I'm reminded that there's a reason I'm in the position I'm in. And there's a reason he's in the position he is in.

I'm also reminded that my attitude needs to change. Scripture comes to mind regarding leadership and my place underneath them. There's also been conviction over my attitude.

Let's start with leadership and what the Bible commands us to do.

"Old Town Church"
Hebrews 13:17 - Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves...

1 Timothy 2:1-2 - I urge … that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority.

These two verses remind me that I need to submit myself to those in authority over me. They've been placed in my life for God's purpose and I'm to humble myself.

The other thing that stands out to me in these verses is that we are to pray for those in authority over us. It's not if we like them or if they're always doing right. It's at all times while they have authority.

I won't lie. This can be tough to do. Especially when you feel like you're being treated unfairly. And yet we're still told to obey. I'm working on it, are you?

Let's move onto our attitudes in situations like this.

Our attitudes tend to go south when we're being mistreated. We feel like we deserve better. Or that it's unfair. The Bible reminds us we need to watch our attitudes in situations like this.

1st peter 2:12 - Keep your conduct honorable among the gentiles so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

I'm encouraged by this verse. Peter tells us to do good works even when we're persecuted. It's not our right to get offended and give attitude to the offender.

Instead, we're to do good. We're to be a shining example of how to do things. We're to conduct ourselves with excellence.

We really have two choices when it comes to dealing with challenging leadership. We can rebel against them or we can obey and keep a good attitude.

One is Biblical. The other is not. Choose wisely your reaction.


Question: Have you been struggling with a difficult leader in your life? How could changing your attitude towards him change the situation? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

About the Author:   This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. With him on Twitter or at his blog.

2 comments:

  1. Allen,

    Thanks for letting me share Sunday Thoughts with your readers.

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  2. You're welcome- Thank you for taking time to share with us!

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