Manspeak


COMPARE YOURSELF TO THIS. by walterp
March 7, 2007, 10:35 am
Filed under: Leadership

Yesterday, in preparation for fuel group, I stumbled across this list of rules for life in Spiritual Leadership. Compare yourself to this list. What do you see pride, laziness, or fear of man, in your life?

  • Eagerly start the day’s main work. Do you put off the most important thing of each day?
  • Do not murmur at your busyness or the shortness of time, but buy up the time all around. Wow! Does everyone around you know when you are “busy”?
  • Never murmur when correspondence is brought in.
  • Never exaggerate duties by seeming to suffer under the load, but treat all responsibilities as liberty and gladness. Do you view responsibilities as things you are free to do? Or as things you are bound to do?
  • Never call attention to crowded work or trivial experiences.
  • Before confrontation or censure, obtain from God a real love for the one at fault. Know the facts; be generous in your judgment. Otherwise, how ineffective, how unintelligible or perhaps provocative your well-intentioned censure may be.
  • Do not believe everything you hear; do not spread gossip.
  • Do not seek praise, gratitude, respect, or regard for past service. Do you go around searching for compliments?
  • Avoid complaining when your advice or opinion is not consulted, or having been consulted, set aside. Do you crave for your opinion, your input, to be sought after?
  • Never allow yourself to be placed in favorable contrast with anyone. Who wins when you compare yourself with others? Are you suspicious of yourself?
  • Do not press conversation to your own needs and concerns. Does all your speech revolve around yourself, your desires, your needs, your wants, your thoughts? Are you a good listener? Do you think about what you want to say when others are speaking?
  • Seek no favors, nor sympathies; do not ask for tenderness, but receive what comes. Wow! That’s convicting. I think I have spent my entire life looking for favors and sympathies because I am me!
  • Bear the blame; do not share or transfer it.
  • Give thanks when credit for your own work or ideas given to another. Do you struggle when this happens? Do you tend to interrupt and correct them? Do you give yourself credit?


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VERY VERY convicting! Thanks for asking hard questions, Walt. That helped bring a lot of clarity to things I saw going on in my heart that bothered me!

Comment by Kevin Shipp

I’m puzzled by the last one:

“Give thanks when credit for your own work or ideas is given to another”.

Why?

I fully agree that we should seek the praise that comes from God and not from man (Rom 2:29) and we shouldn’t be angry by not receiving credit, but are we to really give thanks when others not involved receive the credit for someone’s hard-work? Seems like that is more along the lines of giving thanks for injustice. The hard-worker was unjustly not given his due credit while the slacker/nonworker was given credit.
What would such a prayer look like……”Thank you Lord that I didn’t receive credit for that”?

Am I reading this wrong?

-jm

Comment by jmoore

Jeffrey,

I think its more like this. “Lord, thank you that I did not just receive praise from men. I don’t need that. You know I was faithful to do the work. I live to please you.”

Comprende, chica?

-wra

Comment by walterp

walterp – did you mean to call poor jeffrey a girlie-man? cuz ‘chica’ is the feminine.

jeffrey – it makes me think of what the bible says about what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light. how much more confident will you look when your supervisor or whoever finds out it was your work all along and you hadn’t thrown a tantrum about somebody else getting the credit. besides, someone who is low enough to take credit for someone else’s work doesn’t have what it takes for consistently solid performance so his/her charade will be revealed sooner or later.

Comment by Morgan

Spiritual Leadership eh… idk if thats how I would categorize this… but I did relate to many of these… ugg thats not pretty! lol

cheers! Kate

Comment by kefrisk2




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