Don’t Take It Personal

 

…and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  Matthew 7:22-27  Any ministry, ordained or lay sometimes requires difficult decisions; weighing benefit vs. loss, constructive vs. destructive, and humility vs. pride. The first two are generally easy because they usually don’t involve personal relationship. As some would say, “It’s just business.” On the other hand humility and pride is always personal. As we engage one another and reach out to do what we believe God is calling us to do, without thinking about it (and if only for a moment), we influence change or positively impact someone’s life. We all know however that our good intentions don’t always insure positive response. We all can have bad days, but when someone takes their bad day out on us, it’s a painful and humiliating experience. The pride we had in doing what we do is shaken to our very core. Yet, what we find at the core makes the difference in what we do next. Don’t take it personal. We are not driven by loss, destruction or pride, but by the grace of God’s love and kindness. Know the bad days don’t last but God’s Love endures forever.

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.  Ephesians 2:1-10

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9 thoughts on “Don’t Take It Personal

  1. You are so right. Sometimes as ministers we are called to step into situations filled with volatility and win-win is not an option (at least not in the immediate moment). We are left with no hope of pleasing everyone and so we can only choose to be truly loving and go for what are often hard solutions. In the end we may win no earthly friends but if we are faithful to God’s call we will hear “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

  2. There is an excellent book that is called, “Lord, Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late! by James MacDonald. It is a requirement for all on the worship team at church but good for leaders in ministries and lay people. I can tell you personally that the book really opened my eyes as well as my husband’s who bought 4-5 more copies to share with others. It was that powerful.

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