Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Working Through Adversity- Adopt Good Qualities

In business, having a good elevator pitch is important. It is a short speech in which you describe your attractive qualities in the event you catch a high-level exec in a fast-paced situation like in between floors on an elevator. Ironically enough, a good elevator pitch may also elevate your career.

That said, the qualities listed in the pitch play an important part in propelling your career forward. So what qualities can really sell you as a good employee? As I said before, God values a good worker, so it's no surprise the qualities of one can be found in His word.

The number one attribute of a good employee and good executive is humility. This word makes a lot of people cringe because they think it means to be a doormat. However the dictionary defines humility as having a modest or moderate opinion or estimation of one's own importance. Jesus was fully aware of His divinity when He was on earth, yet He didn't let that fact keep Him from associating others some would say were beneath Him.

Similarly, we shouldn't let position consume us to the point that we can't be a team player. "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you out not only for his own interest, but also the interests of others." Philippians 2 v 3, 4.

In addition to humility, SBMWs would do well also displaying the fruits of the spirit on the job. "The fruit and Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Galatians 5 v 22, 23. SBMWs should also drop what I call the anti-fruits of the spirit list in Galatians 5 v 19-21 such as hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, and dissensions. Philippians 2 v 14 also urges us to do our work without complaining.

On the job, we should be the agreeable one; the peaceable one, offering solutions instead of creating strife; the in-control one and the helpful hand. We should especially be these things when your work environment is a difficult one. Don't get sucked into the gossip, backstabbing or the cold-shoulder vibes. These qualities will elevate you above the of fray, blameless and with a clean heart.

During Your Lunch Time, Read: Philippians 2 v 1-15

After Reading, Meditate on This: Am I following Christ's example in workplace? If I where to give an elevator pitch, what qualities would I use to describe myself? Do those qualities match with the fruits exuded by Christ? What qualities do have to work on?

If you have read this and you do not have a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son, the same humility that can me you a great team player and a success on the job, is also required to start a relationship with Christ. We must be humble and recognize we don't have all the answers, and we need God's help to work it all out. We certianly did not have the answer to our sin problem, that is the natural inclination to those things that are wrong, hurtful, and out of control. Jesus can be the answer to that problem. He sacrificed Himself to bring us out of the law that condemns our flesh and into a right relationship with God filled love, forgiveness, and healing.
I invited to pray the prayer at the bottom of Monday's post.

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