Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Weaker LInk

You’ve probably noticed that hard times will expose the weak players on a team. This is true if you’re a quarterback, a manager, a pastor, or a five-star general.  It’s also true in a family or in a group of friends.  Adversity will reveal a person’s true character.

In a former life, I worked for a man whose strategy was to weed out weak team members and fire them. Since that workplace could be stressful, it wasn’t hard to find them.  If the setting became peaceful, he knew how to create stress just to have an excuse to get rid of an employee.

Now, I guess that’s a legitimate style of bossing, but I don’t consider that good leadership.  I’m sure all leaders want a strong team, but wouldn’t it be more beneficial to help the team you have become better rather than to replace weaker members?

In hard times, I wouldn’t leave vulnerable team members exposed.  If one of us is uncovered, we are all uncovered.  I would rather surround them with people who are strong to help support them through the difficult time.  And why wouldn’t I?  Isn’t it possible that during some turbulent time, I might be the weak one?

Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

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