- Have you ever attended a meeting unprepared?
- In the meeting; did you keep quiet or give the wrong answers?
- How did this make you feel?
At work a few years ago, there was a period when I could not get myself assigned a project. When one finally came along, I had to leverage some knowledge from a senior manager to prepare for the role. To appear suitable for the job, instead of making clear that I was deficient in a particular subject, I gave a round of inaccurate answers thinking he would not notice the difference – WRONG!
In a polite and professional way, he pointed out that one of the things he disliked most was people trying to give a false impression of what they know. He pointed out that he would have preferred it if I had admitted my ignorance, so he could assist me in my area of weakness.
That lesson sticks in my mind to this day. We sometimes think we have managed to talk our way out of situations, just because people do not say anything. Rather than give excuses to make ourselves look good, we need to humble ourselves and ask what we can do to improve the situation, as highlighted in Luke 3 verses 7 – 14:
John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely – be content with your pay.”
Points to Ponder
- Silence is Golden because often the best choice is to keep quiet?
- In the long run; only the truth makes us free and adds godly value?
- We are advice in the time of chaos; not to sin and lay still and ponder the situations on our beds
©Insight for the Day 2017