Actually, the owner did me a great favor when he FIRED me. I took a position as a “construction clerk,” for a West Virginia company in which… literally, was building their own processing plant. They had their own engineers, designers, surveyors, craftsmen, and…now… construction clerk. That would be me. It was there that I began to “learn my trade”… as an accountant. Thanks be to God.
Ten years later, at age 31, I was a Corporate Controller of a major ‘state-wide’ distributing company. Thanks to my ASSERTIVENESS… I got that job….and “each and every job” since. Each time I approached a new opportunity… I went in very strong-willed; full of confidence, and very determined. These characteristics were always… close by… in my ‘bag of tools.’
Because of my ASSERTIVENESS… I know… it appeared that I might be a bit pushy and demanding… and I admit to all of that. Being ‘assertive’ has paid big dividends… over the years… while in pursuit of my career. All of these, collectively, are important attributes as we… as believers, pursue the most important career move available to man-kind. The pursuit of Our Lord God… Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul tells us in…2 Corinthians 3:12 -Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech.
Many… might be a tad uncomfortable… asserting ourselves into a situation. Possibly, we are shy or feel awkward with people, and fear we’ll fail in our attempt to be outspoken and fear being embarrassed, or failing in the process. Learning how to confront and manage our fears is an important step forward in becoming more assertive. We… as leaders; should not be ‘bashful’ in the pursuit of our dreams and future… less we get left behind in the dust of those who are ‘not afraid.’
Assertiveness is not incompatible with Paul’s instruction… to speak the truth… in love to each other as Ephesians 4:15 tells us. There, he clearly admonishes Christians to be assertive, at least within certain boundaries. And, Paul declares in – 1 Corinthians 9:10 – “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as.”
The greatest show of ASSERTIVNESS… is found in Genesis 18:27-29 – Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?” He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
In short… Abraham both BOLDLY … and ASSERTIVELY… goes on to ask the Lord to spare Sodom and Gomorrah, even if there were only 5 righteous people residing within the cities.
Maybe we all should strive to be more like Abraham…. ‘Bold and Assertive.’
…Many Blessings…cjlb… 12/7/2017