#235 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Proverbs 29: 19Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
though they understand, they will not respond.
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
Ah the management conundrum. How best to correct the poor performance of a worker. Having been in that position many times in the past I can honestly say that no matter how kindly, or how cruel the likelihood of a hysterical raging response is far more likely than most folk would admit.
I believe that God would have his servant leaders follow the admonishments found in the book of James Chapter 1: 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires., See also, Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
When I trained in management I was often told that a display of anger was an effective motivational tool. While it may be true in the immediate moment, it bears horrendous consequences down the line, often resulting in the loss of fine employees. I have been trying very hard and surrendering my temper to the Lord, but I also understand that the visceral angry response is only overcome by seeking the wisdom and peace of the Lord BEFORE I speak. Help me Jesus.