They all involve people and how we interact with them.
How many times have you been in a meeting and someone talks over someone else with their idea to make sure that they are heard?
How many times have you corrected an employee or contractor in an inconsiderate way?
How many times have you spoken with your spouse harshly to get a point across only to realize that your delivery was way off base?
How many times have you tried to correct your daughter but realized later that the way you spoke to her was way too insensitive and unkind?
I have done all of these things more than I want to admit.
A Real Christian Businessman realizes that the only way to handle these situations is the human way. Putting ourselves in the shoes of others FIRST and thinking beforehand how they would want to receive the information we are delivering is the proper way to act.
Of course, this is easier said than done – I slip up on this all the time!
I am here to encourage you today not to think about all of the times “you got it wrong” but on all the time that you got it right and will continue to get it right. When you make a mistake in these situations go to the person and admit that your approach was not the best and humbly ask for their forgiveness.
Jesus laid all of this out for us in very simple terms. When someone asked him what was the greatest commandment of all, He replied by giving us just two:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” Matt 22:36-40 (NIV)
People are watching you and I and how we handle situations like I just described. They love to see a Real Christian Businessman trip up and make mistakes. In the end though, we ALL want to be treated in a respectable and formidable way. So this week try and remember to treat people like humans, not objects – and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
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