Saturday, October 22, 2011

15 mistakes I made while working with men: Mistake #11

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24, HCSB.

11 - Don’t go over his head – stay under authority

            Have you ever watched women? They seem to want to get ahead by jumping outside the system. Instead of becoming the ideal team player and working together, they desire to show how much harder they work and they often go around their bosses to those over them and pat themselves on the back. It is amazing that we are still living out the same problem that Eve had. We must watch and be careful that we are being a part of the team and that we are staying under authority. This can be a challenge in a small group when we are working with the pastor’s wife and we know everyone. We must be careful to discuss the appropriate things with the appropriate person at the appropriate time. I know there have been many times that I heard about something that was coming down the pike long before my bosses did; yet, I had to sit on it and be careful with the information. Many times I knew that a phone call to the top would correct the situation but it would also ruin every relationship in between. When we go around our bosses, we show disrespect for the authority that God has placed us under. As women, this is an area that we all need to continue to work on.

Excerpts from Women Leading Women: The Biblical Model for the Church, Chapter Six, Serving with Men, by Jaye Martin.