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This weeks Sunday morning Reflections with E. Michelle Lee/ #RadioHost and Author; subject: We can’t help those we push away and alienate.
Recently I read an article on LInkedIn that talked about the kind of people we need to avoid when doing business. While I agree with many of the points made within the article and in the comments section; I still wonder how much distance is a good balance to the goals we want to achieve in our purpose and the way in which is speaks to our own ability and opportunity to lead. As I commented in the comment section as well, we need to evaluate each situation and individual separately for sometimes there are Exceptions To The Rules and we don’t want to miss a chance to help that person bring about change.
Now mind you, I am a strong believer in surrounding yourself with positive influencers and mindsets for your close-knit master mind group. But that does not go to say that we can just turn everybody away that we don’t like for simple-minded reasons. If you were in a store front business; would you turn away business from folks in line just for who they are? If you are an independent consultant would you turn away business and a chance to make a difference in someone’s life? I hope not. Of course you need to use wisdom in all cases, but please remember it is the difficult people who buffer us to be better and gives us the chance to be the salt to the world.
Continue reading for tips and understanding how to not alienate folks so that you can help them be better and obtain growth for yourself in the process. Exceptions Song of the week…
As I reflect back on this past week in search of solutions to use for the week to come so that we may be proficient, efficient, bearing fruit from our labor while earning a living and making a life; I think of the times that I watched others alienate people based on silly little things and then some things for good reason. One of the things that has been on my mind this week is how some who claim to be Christians are the meanest of them all. Sad to say it is true that they have forgotten the greatest commandment of them all to love one another. But more than that, they can no longer be effective with their purpose in life to help others and lead them to the Good Lord because they have lost their joy in the journey.
Even the Good Lord himself sat down with the sinners to have lunch; why, because He wanted to reach them and share the good news message He came to provide. Keep in mind there is a huge difference from making folks your best friend to hang out with and working together with people who are difficult and contrary that may not adhere to the same standards you have for your own life. Birds of a feather do flock together. If you want to know who the folks are that you should not make your best bud, take a look at the Good Book for guidance of whom to avoid hanging out with 1 Corinthians 5:11 BUT, you have to use some wisdom here and not take this out of context like a lot of people do.
There are certain kinds of people who continue to do the same things and have the wrong behavior that you don’t want to make it a habit to hang around. But being exposed to difficult people is an everyday occurrence and a part of life, if we all didn’t need some improvement what is the good message for anyway. And you need to remember, it reflects on you and how you are able to deal with it and how you should be able to turn that negative into a positive IF you are any good at what you do. Share a little Grace with others, it goes a long way. And it ensures you will be given the same considerations when your personality irritates someone else.
Check out this weeks Exception To The Rules Song of the WEEK: Jesus Friend of Sinners by: Casting Crowns
King James Version (KJV) Matthew 5:13-16
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2 Timothy 2:23-26
King James Version (KJV)
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Yes, it’s true we should not allow bad people to be our best friends nor should we allow them to influence us for wrong doing. Before we label someone with any type of judgement make sure you are not trying to be the one to judge. Cus from my understanding, there is but only one who can do that and those are shoes I am not trying to fill. For our close relations and inner circle we can look to the guide we have been given to set our standards of living, it’s all in the Good Book. Besides if we were to make staying away from irritating people and situations that are difficult, how are we ever going to fulfill our purpose and share the Good News with others?
Have a blessed week and remember that your litmus test for being able to truly be a leader, is in your ability to work with people who may not be like you and/or who may be difficult. These are the precious times when you can influence the negative with your positive glow!
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