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Morning Coffee with Jesus - August 13, 2012
Greetings loved ones.
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from James 1: 19-20. “19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
I can recall a time when I was in a leadership position at work. One day, as I was preparing to leave the office for the remainder of the day, I received an e-mail from a manager with whom I worked. The e-mail was a scathing account of what hadn’t been done regarding a project on which I was working. The original e-mail was addressed to my boss and the president of the company; I was copied on the e-mail.
After reading the very accusatory e-mail I became angry because the information in the e-mail was inaccurate and outdated. I began to write an equally scathing reply e-mail but the Holy Spirit kept me from hitting the “send” button. Instead, I shut my computer down and went home for the evening.
The next morning with my coffee in tow, I headed to the manager’s office prior to the start of my day. Fortunately he was in his office so I knocked on the door, sat down and began to talk with him about the status of the project. My suspicions were correct; before she went on vacation my boss hadn’t updated had been sent by him apologizing for making assumptions and updating the President on the status of the project.
Sometimes when we are in a leadership role, we are a target for criticism from judgmental co-workers. By holding your tongue before you speak or keeping your fingers from hitting the “send” button on the e-mail, you provide yourself an opportunity to pray about what you want to say to someone before you actually do speak with that individual. Prayer gives you clarity and an opportunity to examine why the individual may feel a certain way about the problem or situation..
Today, if you are faced with a difficult situation and someone has said something against you, rest in knowing that God has it all under control. Schedule some time with the individual in an effort to determine the reason for the comment(s).
In my case, the person who initially sought to persecute me subsequently became a strong advocate of mine. In the end the situation worked out better than I had expected!
Have an awesome day in Jesus.