It is early in the year but I’ve already had impactful lessons as it relates to the following scriptures:
Ecclesiastes 3: 7
a time to be silent and a time to speak
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
There have been numerous times in my life that I sincerely asked God for guidance, but failed to be silent so that I could hear him. Instead I’ve asked for opinions and relied on my personal knowledge and experience. It is not that I’ve made drastic or non-prudent decisions, but I did not allow God to guide. I’m confident that my decisions created unnecessary steps and/or obstacles.
In the work environment, at times, it can be combative and competitive. It is easy to fall into the trap of getting into discussions and debates that are really more about positional power than making the best decisions. Proverbs 17 reminds us that we should not react with negative emotion. Allowing someone to push your buttons is never a sign of strength or leadership. If we learn how to focus clearly and gain the right perspective on the end game; we won’t become distracted by anything or anyone that is a part of the 4 quarters we have to go through to get to our goal.
There is really no need to ask someone for directions if you’re not going to follow them, is it?
Let’s be more diligent about hearing, conducting ourselves in a controlled manner and following. I’ve seen for myself that when I’m quiet and hear God’s voice and take his guidance, GREAT things happen.