Sunday, October 9, 2011

15 mistakes I made while working w/men: Mistake #4

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.

4 - Listen more than you talk.

            As one who loves to talk, it is important that we are quieter around the men. I am not saying to not be yourself or to never engage in conversation; I am saying that for many women in ministry, we need to learn when to listen and when to speak up. We should learn to listen and hear the whole story from our bosses. We must learn not to interrupt. We must also learn that those who listen can come across as being very wise. There is a time to speak and a time to listen. We must be sure that we are listening to what others are saying rather than making our list of what we want to say at the next available moment.
Excerpts from Women Leading Women: The Biblical Model for the Church, Chapter Six, Serving with Men, by Jaye Martin.