Do you ever run across those types of people at work that drive you crazy? You know, the ones who come by your office and then “sit” in a chair and start talking about random stuff, never leaving, while you are in the middle of writing a report…
Or the ones who never seem to understand what the project is everyone is working on and keeps asking question after question…
Or the person who tries to do as little work as possible, never offers to help with anything, and is the first one out the door at the end of the day?
These types of people are sometimes classified as needing extra grace, or as we say sometimes – they are “EGR folks” – “Extra Grace is Required”.
These types of people drive me CRAZY sometimes.
“Why don’t they get it?”
“Why won’t they leave my office?”
“Why do they never seem like they do any work?”
For a Real Christian Businessman, there is a way that we need to train ourselves to react to these types of people when they cross our path.
First we need to pray.
We need to pray that God will give us the strength and knowledge we need to be able to handle special folks like this. Is our impatience with them because we always have a short temper? Are there things inside of us that God can help change through prayer so we can understand people better?
Second we need to have grace.
God gave His people grace many times throughout the Bible. Just break out almost any Old Testament story and you can read where God’s people blatantly rebelled against Him. Rarely did he react off of the first offense – He always gave them chance after chance after chance. He somehow new that we as humans have trouble “getting it ” sometimes and need many many chances. Kind of like what we need to do with other people as well (His example is clear based on the Bible!).
Be prepared this week to handle these types of people when they cross your path. Believe me they will cross your path this week! Be ready to pray, but more importantly be ready to show them grace. This is the way a Real Christian Businessman should act and the type of example that God smiles upon us for doing and being.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10