Recently I’ve seen pride manifested in many different ways. I know of a friend of mine that runs a company. He is happy with the way it runs and is considering expansion. In order to expand the company he will have to invest some money. In order to raise the money needed for the investment, the staff was told to find ways to streamline operations. After researching, they came to the conclusion that my friend needed an operations manager to oversee the different roles within the company. This means that my friend has too many different tasks and therefore is not doing his job effectively. These staff members have approached me because they know my friend will be insulted if they suggest these changes. The stumbling block is that my friend will have to take direction from someone else regarding the company that he created. For the good of the company my friend has to realize that he cannot run it on his own. I am working on the approach that these staff members will need in order to show my friend the benefit gained from admitting that he cannot do it all.
I have recently observed someone else that has a bad family situation and will not admit that she is part of the problem. I have told her many times that she needs to listen to the other members of the family and correct her own behavior in certain areas. She responded to my first couple of efforts by giving me a rationale why her behavior was correct. He also suggested to me that I could be a better person by doing things her way. When I confronted her with the peaceful situation I live in, as opposed to own, she stopped talking to me.
Yesterday a woman called me and told me that she thinks she made a mistake with the company that put her new roof on. She told me that she called many different companies and asked them to come out and inspect her roof so that she would feel good about paying the company that had just finished putting it on. She told me that no one would come out because there was nothing in it for them. I will see her on Monday and give her an honest evaluation. I told her she could pay me with a hug.
I drive between 25 and 150 miles per day. I see people talking and texting on their cell phones, eating, reading, and many other things besides driving. They must think that these activities are more important than the rest of us sharing the roadway. They are also distracted from their goal of getting to their destination.
My cause and my goal is Christ. My love for Christ and my love for his people (the Holy Spirit) is my motivation. I see Christ and people as more important than me. I get joy from expressing my love. This means that for the good of the cause, it must look at any mistakes and corrections that I need to take with my own life to fulfill the cause. It also means that I must look out for things that will distract me. I have made many changes in the way I do my job so that the owners of the company, and my own paycheck will be better. I had to admit that someone else’s suggestion was smarter than the way I was doing things. When I drive I do not do anything else but drive my cause is my destination. It is this same thing with my everyday behavior. My cause is Christ and the love of others. Nothing will stand in the way of this, not even myself. Knowing that my cause lives in me creates a trust that stops me from worrying. The fact that my cause is so much greater than myself and that all the people in this world are dignified, loved, and respected by Christ keeps the reality of all of our dependence on God fresh in my mind. I get madder when I make a mistake then when others do because of the adverse effect it will have on others.