Originally posted on Linkedin by me on 2/22/16.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (I Peter 5:6-9).”
Before we get into work I want to acknowledge the context of this passage. The Apostle Peter wrote this to believers who were under persecution by the Roman Empire. In this letter you see that Peter asks the readers to submit to authorities. This may have even been the emperor who eventually had Peter killed.
These believers may have been tempted to fight or revolt. But, Peter reminds them that nothing is happening that doesn’t have to pass through God’s hand. He might not be doing it, but He sees you. He cares about you. He loves you.
When hard times come, what do we do? Do we do as instructed? Do we humble ourselves? Humility is not natural. Retaliation is natural. Manipulation and blame are natural responses, but humility is alien to our nature.
So how does this apply to the workplace? There are several ways this could apply to the workplace. Every professional person I have ever met has said at one time or another, “How is this person my boss?” It is humbling to be more qualified than someone who is in charge of you.
Every entrepreneur seems to have been somewhere and said, “I can do this better than how the people I work for do it.”
Other situations involve: decision making, strategic planning, marketing, staffing, employee conflict, etc.
I am going to suggest that God gives us the opportunity to be humble. By humbling ourselves under His authority, He then can promote us. When we don’t look to Him as the ultimate authority we are on our own. He doesn’t leave us so to speak, but when we don’t follow after His ways He pulls that hand of blessing back.
Here are seven ways humility helps us to excel in any workplace.
1. Humility requires you to know your place. Successful people seem to know that they can’t always be the smartest person in the room about every subject. It just isn’t possible.
2. Humility requires me to give God the credit and take the blame where necessary.
3. Humility fuels authentic confidence. Every boss you will ever have, and every person you will ever meet has insecurities. No one carries a full tank of confidence around with them. Yes some people are more sure of themselves than others. Sometimes when someone is faced with an insecurity who normally projects a lot of confidence, they project even more confidence as a cover up.
They may even be hiding it from themselves. Humility doesn’t lack confidence, it properly places confidence where it belongs. Your confidence should be in the God who brought you to this moment.
4. Humility puts you in a position for God’s hand to lift you up in due time, like the passage above says. He will promote you. By humbly doing the right thing, being on time, being excellent at the responsibilities you are given. When someone is guided by the humility of Jesus, people look on and see the hand of God.
5. Humility teaches us God cares about us. He wants you to excel at the work you do. He wants you to represent Him well. He sees you and cares for you always.
6. Humility helps you to be alert and self-controlled. These are qualities that are helpful in the business world or your workplace.
7. Humility helps you to realize that others are going through similar situations. You are not alone. Many have gone before you and many will come after you. Whatever professional challenge you face today will pass. Look to others who have gone before you. Learn from their successes and mistakes.
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