Fluid Lines

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility.  He says “I was beaten,” he does not say “My men were beaten.”
 
    ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
 
 

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

      ~ Hebrews 10:30-31

 
A friend of mine was talking about a situation at her job.  It seems an employee was completely out of line and it was seen by the President of the Corporation.  The president left the area, and went to the head of human relations and maintained the line of authority, rather than exercise her right to take action on the spot.  Why? Because the president believed that there is a line of authority and it should be followed.
 
Another friend of mine worked in a school where sending a child to the principal was the last action in a list of actions.  The first action was to send the child back to the teacher, thus, strengthening the teacher’s authority, and maintaining a line of discipline that had foreseeable consequences.
 
The Bible talks about having an ought with your brother in Matthew:  

15-17 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.

     ~Matthew 18:15-17

The thing is, if one does not maintain the lines of authority, the chain of communication breaks down, and the lines of gossip and case building start up.  Neither of these is number one on the preferred list. It is on the down side of the ideal solution and often means the person who has the “ought” does not have the strength to speak to the other party.

Today, try to make your lines flow, go through the proper channels and if they don’t work, seek God’s counsel before your mouth utters a syllable.

Because of Him,

Linda 

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