Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Annie and Kim met at the coffee house, as was their pre-work custom. As they sipped their lattes, Kim begins, “Can you believe the boss? How in the world did she ever get promoted to that position? I could do 100 times better than her.”

Annie commiserates, “Yes that’s true. She is clueless. And that executive council. Who put all those men in there? Why was I not included? I’m better than any of those. I’m sure it’s just because I’m a woman, after all, lots of people have their projects fail.”

Rob orders his Americano with two extra shots of espresso and joins them. “Did you see who got that Sales VP job? They didn’t even interview me. What in the world is going on here?”

Dissension. Jealousy. It’ll rip apart any organization–business, non-profit, church.

The apostle Paul knew this.

After going through theology in his letter to the Romans followed by a discussion about how everyone is the same before God–race, gender, nationality–Paul addresses how we should live individually and in community.

Immediately after talking about renewing our minds, he says, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” He proceeds to list the different roles within the Christian community and the gifts that relate to each.

As for me, I have an analytical mind. I respond intellectually by analyzing the situation and the people. Care must be taken about the line between analysis and dissension. Mostly that line starts when I say something aloud.

How about you? When is it idle, or even destructive, gossip and when is it analysis that leads to improvement?

That is where the discernment that comes with transforming our minds enters the conversation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: