“The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”
How many times have we jumped excitedly at the opportunity to do something, with a grand vision in our mind of how perfect it will be (or how perfect we will make it when we join up)? Then a month, week, or day into it, we realize things are not quite as good as they seemed from the outside. This will hold true in all areas of life. The reason being of course, is people. Nothing against people (I happen to be one), but anything involving people will never be perfect. There is a “business side” to everything. But the more immature the people involved are, the uglier that business side becomes. When we encounter the ugly side of things, should we run looking for something better? In a few cases, yes. We always have to use our best judgment. But the majority of times there is no danger, other than to our pride, and we should stick out the commitment we have made.
Here are some ideas that I’ve come across while reading. I’ve been able to put them into practice in several situations, and they definitely help.
First, we need to submit ourselves to the leader’s vision. Even if we think they are going about all wrong, we need to submit. No forward progress will ever be made while we are butting heads. Forgive offenses. Be careful not to freeze your perspective of a person based on one instance.
After we submit, we need to find our particular role. When things are just getting started, it is likely we will find ourselves multi-tasking. But, as things begin to take form, we should be able to take a role that plays to our strengths and do our best work in that arena. There should be little to no need for micro-managing.
From there, we need to always keep a positive attitude and search out the best in people and the situation. If you have the opportunity to make suggestions for improvement, do so. Don’t be discouraged if your suggestions are not taken. There are sometimes a couple of good ways to go about something. And when bringing up a problem, make sure you bring along a couple solutions.
Many people choose to work by themselves because they cannot stand working with other people. I can understand the feeling. However, our accomplishments become limited to what we have to offer. We do not have all the resources, knowledge, and abilities wrapped up in one nice little package. Especially as Christians, we need to understand that we are designed to work in community. Only in this will we accomplish everything we were meant to.
“Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.” -1 Corinthians 12:14-15