INFLUENCE: “When the sun doesn’t shine….I don’t shine.” A selfish person this is; as his influence is so wide-spread, that even his foul-mood affects those far and near. Bah! Just because Momma feels bad, doesn’t mean everyone else should feel bad with her.
Don’t take your rotten mood to work with you. If you’re a real leader, you can LEAVE your problems at home. We all have bad days, but taking it to work with you, and then, taking it out on your staff, and followers; that’s just too much.
A seasoned, well-trained, and full committed leader could be going through a divorce, and those at work would never be the wise. S(he) keeps her business close to the chest.
Dealing with difficult people is unavoidable. When we deal with difficult people, it’s easy to respond in the flesh. But that just brings out the worst in us. How much better to allow our dealings with difficult people to bring out the fruit of the Spirit in us. Galatians 5:22–23 tells us – By the grace of God, may we deal with difficult people in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness.
And—to top it all off—self-control. May we extend the same love, grace, and mercy that God extends to us, to those around us? And, may we be careful not to become the “difficult people” ourselves.