My 3rd day into the “boss in the middle prayer challenge” was a good day. The thought God gave me for today was “honesty”. Sometimes that scares me, because left to my own devices, I can be too honest. Almost brutally. Sometimes it scares me because it is much easier to tell a half-truth than the whole-truth. However, I trusted in God today and something amazing happened.
As soon as I got to work today, we began preparing for the presentation I wrote about yesterday. In the middle of that, I was also taking care of other situations at work. In fact, there were about 25-30 of us in the room and everyone was multi-tasking. One such situation involved one of my colleagues. In short, I needed to tell this person “no” about something where they desired a “yes”. It wasn’t so much the “no” but the reason for the “no”, that would be the hard part. Basically, they didn’t deserve a “yes”, based on performance.
I fretted about this situation and then it hit me, “God said, be honest today.” So I was. Plain and simple. The results were astounding. Not only did they accept the “no”, but we made a plan where a “yes” could be attained. It’s not an easy path, but a path nonetheless. If they want it, they can go get it. In being honest, I didn’t have to make up a goofy excuse and I have also provided a development opportunity for this individual. As bosses in the middle, we should always look to develop others.
I thought to myself “God you are awesome!”
Empowered by that experience, I helped the team knock the presentation out of the park today. It was actually very successful. It was so smooth, that I thought we skipped some parts.
In summary – The 10 minute prayers always end up being longer than 10 minutes. I still have to remember “pray before anything else”, as it is not automatic yet. Today was pretty calm as well. But I felt really empowered, no doubt fueled by the victory of the earlier situation.
I know this sounds corny, but I seriously cannot wait to see what God has in store for tomorrow.