If you’ve been to this blog in the past, you know that I love to learn about good leadership. Today, at our weekly staff prayer meeting, I got to see some great leadership by our pastor, Greg Surratt. He started by confessing that, because of his busy schedule, he has not had much time to spend with us as a staff… but he knows that he needs to. He then asked all of us a two simple questions: Has our relationship with Jesus had any affect on how we behave around others… and how has that relationship changed our attitudes where we deal with our families and people that we work with?
People with great skills and a bad attitude can be miserable to work/live with. Pastor challenged us to examine our own lives and see where we needed correction or guidance with our attitudes towards others… and to make ourselves accountable to those who over-see us.
While this was a little uncomfortable to listen to, the over-riding factor was that this was our pastor expressing great care for his staff… and encouraging us to live lives above reproach. Encouraging us to see and value all that it means to operate as a team with a common goal.
…throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Eph. 4:22-24 NLT)
I pray that you have some one in your life who will speak truths, even when it makes you uncomfortable. Who will call you to live by a higher standard, and give you great encouragement to be all that God wants you to be.