September 12, 2017
1 Corinthians 10:33 [KJV] Even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
I am not an avid tennis fan, passionate hunter, or a proficient automobile mechanic. Yet, I know enough about each of those interest areas to carry a conversation because I chose to learn about them. I didn’t choose to learn about them because I was necessarily interested in them. I learned about them during different periods in my career as I was trying to build relationships with my supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates.
I have found that learning what is “pleasing” to someone becomes a currency that allows you into their sphere of influence. That currency leads to relationship. That relationship then allows communication and when you have communication flow, you have the ability of providing influence to the other person.
As a Christian public servant, whether you are leading a workplace effort or guiding someone towards the principles of Christ, you are providing influence. As good servant-leaders, it is not about satisfying self, but about providing influence that will lead others to success, and more importantly, a relationship with Jesus.
At work, who are you pleasing (influencing) today?
Father, use me as an instrument of change, as an instrument of influence, and as an instrument of Your grace. Lead me with Your wisdom to opportunities of service this day. In Jesus’ name, I pray! Amen.
Pastor Bill Dudley
U.S. Department of Defense
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA