Dealing With People

There are days when I just want to make the best decision I know how make, and not have to deal with others opinions.  I’m talking about working with committees.  Everyone has their own ideas of how something should work, and not all agree.  I know there is wisdom in hearing from varying points of view, and more comprehensive solutions can be reached.  Oh, but the headaches.

In a perfect world everyone would be selfless, generous about sharing, and be able to read others minds.  By this, I mean not having to carefully chose your words so others will not hear you wrong.  Or be able to focus in on the real message or intentions so often covered so subtly.

A professor in one of my classes in college once said, “Communication is the oil of relationships.”  That is what it takes.  Talking it out until others hear your intentions, and feel your good will.

A good skill to have is seeing what the talents of others are.  Are they organizers, creative people, servers, have discernment?  A mixture of gifts makes for good teamwork.  An unbalance of skills can make for a lot of stress and tension.  Too many chiefs, and not enough Indians…that is not a good analogy as some of you may not know what I am talking about.  In a division of labor, too many people trying to do the same job.  They get in each others way.

I guess I’m describing in secular terms what is meant in spiritual terms as the Body of Christ.  Each person has unique talents that work with others in good teamwork.  The key is to know yourself and the one you are working with so you compliment the skills of the other person.  No matter how you look at it, it takes hard work and an even temper to make a success of working with others.

However, when a person realizes that they are not alone or in charge, for that matter, they can be comforted by knowing the Holy Spirit is directing the process.  It takes growing still and listening to His voice.  They would hear Him say, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)