I felt it was important to push my colleague a little further
Reference: “Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes— joy and gladness from the house of our God?” Joel 1:16 NIV
Explore: I’ve just started working with a new colleague at work. They are productive, smart and take initiative.
We were in a meeting together and I noticed that every time they wanted to contribute, they would whisper their question or their idea to me. Then I would either answer them quietly or, if I felt it would help the whole group, I would mention it widely.
It wasn’t until I started reflecting on the meeting that I realised this colleague of mine had some great questions and good ideas, but they were not willing to speak up to the whole group. I acknowledge some people are quite self-conscious in speaking publically, but my colleague had good things to share and I didn’t think they should shy away from it.
Although we had only just started working together I felt it was important to push my colleague a little further when it came to public meetings. And so, I pointed out to them how vailid their ideas were and challenged them to speak up in meetings.
They were a little bashful, but acknowledged this was something they would try to do more.
Application: I wanted what was best for my new colleague, but this required a tough conversation. Likewise, God wants what is best for all of us, but this sometimes requires a tough conversation too!
The prophets in the Old Testament had the big challenge to be the voice of God in their time. And this often meant they had to put a mirror up to the destructive behaviour of the people.
No one likes to be confronted about their behaviour, but unless we see the issue we won’t see the need to change.
Sure, we need to be wise as to whom we listen to, but let’s be closer to those who speak Godly words over our lives. May we be open to constantly changing to be more like God.
Prayer: Lord, change can be challenging. May I not close myself off to growing and developing to be more like You. Amen.
What change is God prompting in you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.