Over time two of the three moved on to other departments but one stayed. Over the past month he and I have butted heads often. I have gone home frustrated and he has left angry. Something has to change and today I found out what it is.
In our sermon today at the Vineyard Church of Overland Park, KS, Associate Pastor David Andersen spoke from Micah 6: 8 He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God? As he spoke the Holy Spirit convicted me of my failure to live up to the things God requires of us. To deal justly with others, to grant them kindness and to walk humbly with God.
What is it that needs to change? Me! I have tried to deal justly with my associates but I have failed to grant them kindness or as David put it Mercy. I have been wanting hand out Justice but should have been wanting to grant them Mercy. You see these associates have gotten away with doing nothing because management has not given them any expectations or direction. They have been doing only what comes natural to humans. As an ordained pastor and a follower of Jesus I should have approached them in a different way than I did.
Starting tomorrow I will apply today's sermon to my fellow workers. I will seek out the two associates who left and apologize for how I approached them. I will take the one who remains and share with him how wrong I was and that I will change my approach in dealing with him. I believe if I do I can write a new post in a month or so that will be very different than this one.
I encourage you to go to http://www.vineyardop.org/Vineyard-OP-Audio and listen to the sermon and see what God says to you.