Those Who Make You Shine
Monday, October 30, 2017 7:05 AM

Those Who Make You Shine

Monday, October 30, 2017 7:05 AM
Monday, October 30, 2017 7:05 AM

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. – Philippians 4:2-3


The Apostle Paul is perhaps the most admired and beloved of all New Testament writers. After all, he wrote two-thirds of it.

However, the greatest missionary and New Testament scholar that ever lived recognized something many of us too often forget – to show appreciation to and for those who help us every day in accomplishing our goals. Accomplishments for which we are recognized and honored.

No leader is successful alone. It takes the undergirding and support of a great team. And it is often those behind-the-scene number crunchers, secretaries, clerks, assistants and receptionists on whom the light never shines, but without whom, yours as a leader, wouldn't.

The great Apostle was quick to give honor to those who helped him accomplish his unrivaled work.

He even gave props to those who were sometimes difficult and had "issues;" but, who nonetheless contributed to his overall success.

We all have "issues." It's called being human.

God doesn’t give do-it-yourself assignments. As servant leaders, you and I will never reach our destiny by going it alone. It is a popular notion in a culture that places high value on rugged individualism, but no one is a self-made anything.

Our greatest asset and our degree of success will not be based on our personal ability, but on our people ability.

As a public servant leader, you have been given an amazing assignment and an important work of service and leadership representing the Kingdom of Light in darkness where you serve and work. Work that we have to begin seeing as not just work, but as representing God.

Now more than ever people need to "see" God not just hear about Him or be talked down to because they don't measure up to some "religious" standard. Our ways are our witness and what you and I do and how we treat those of whom we've been given charge is our greatest witness.

Remember today to thank those who labor in the dark so that you can shine in the light. You would be surprised at how far and how much a simple smile or nod of the head will do. 

Most people in the workplace have come to not expect much from their boss, which is a sad commentary. But you are not just any boss, you are a boss representing THE Boss - God, and your team should be able to tell the difference.

God’s blessings are in His treasures – His people. He has endowed each with gifts and talents to do what they do in support of you. And as a leader, in His eyes, they are highly valued and you couldn't be nearly as effective without them.

Honor them and God will honor you. 

When was the last time you stopped to thank your support staff? Would those who work for you say they feel valued as part of your team? 

Dorothy Burton is the author of the book, "Why We Fall: How Not to Sabotage Your Career, Your Relationships, Your Life!

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