“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” ( Proverbs 31:26)
This past week, one of my staff, who has been with for many years, nervously told me she was providing her notice. She started at our clinic as a university student and continued working part-time with us even when she started a full-time responsible position in her chosen field. I did see this day coming and will be sorry to see her go. However, I am also excited for her as she pursues her career and its many opportunities. We have had some wonderful conversations over the years, and have enjoyed working together, even during COVID-19 as we shared experiences and resources!
After she left our discussion, she came back to ask me another question: Would I consider being a mentor to her as a woman in business? I of course readily accepted, as this is one of the things I love to do. However, I do not take this responsibility lightly. Many questions quickly went through my head. What are the main things I would like to share with her? What kinds of things can I provide insight into? What warnings can I provide about certain decisions and their long term impact? What kinds of things do I wish someone had told me when I first started out in business that I can share with her?
Where do you see yourself right now? Are you presently a mentor and/or being mentored? We do not need to travel the business road alone. As this staff member has asked me for help and guidance, this has given me an opportunity to review what I feel are key principles in business. One of these crucial principles is good communication. Numerous books have been written, and courses provided on this subject. I would highly recommend accessing good resources.
Whether in our businesses, or our homes or buying groceries, God expects us to speak with wisdom. How do we do this? It means spending time in His Word and asking Him for wisdom. We will fill up with God’s wisdom when we ask Him for it. This wisdom will impact what we say and how we say it.
Whether dealing with an unhappy client, a staff member with a difference of opinion, or a rude person standing in line with you at a store, God also expects us to respond with “faithful instruction.” The King James Version refers to this as the “law of kindness.” We are to respond with kindness. Although we may need to have a tough conversation with someone, we can always speak kindly.
As you look back on your week, can you think of any experiences where you were communicating with wisdom and kindness? Or experiences when it was one and not the other? Do you anticipate some conversations at work this coming week that will require wisdom and kindness? Start praying about these today.
Over the coming week, also consider the following two verses:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
For kindness in communication:
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
Make time this week to reflect on these three verses. Try memorizing one or more of them. As you come in contact with colleagues, bosses, staff and clients at work, consider what you are saying and how you are saying it. Make a commitment to do your best, with God’s help, to communicate with wisdom, and with kindness, in every conversation.
Have a wonderful week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work