Recently I was moved to another department that was always of interest to me. I was excited to go to that department as it meant that I would learn new factions of the job that would enrich my experience and knowledge.
How unfortunate to find out that it wasn’t what I thought it would be and somehow I couldn’t get along with the manager. The manager was nothing like my previous boss and didn’t communicate well with staff, something that is a pet peeve of mine.
Recently I had a situation that made me look like I didn’t submit a report that was required. Although another Manager said that the document was done (as it was sent to him) and that a copy would be sent to my Manager. I went to work the following week only to find an email that said the report was outstanding.
To be completely honest I was furious. Thank God, I didn’t delete the mail when I had previously sent the report. I forwarded the report explaining that I had sent it before (when it was actually due) to the Manager at that time.
Needless to say that wasn’t satisfactory. I was told in no uncertain terms that it was my responsibility. When the report was being asked for, I should not have waited for the copy to be sent. I should have sent it myself (again).
Don’t allow anger to get the better of you
I was so angry when these statements were made. It appeared that didn’t do my job and now, as a result, the office report was late. I really wanted to scream and tell my Manager off and leave. Hearing this made me feel sick, especially knowing it was not true. Somehow I looked at my Manager and said ok. But I was affected, and retired to my office for the day.
My stay at the department was almost over. The same manager had to do my appraisal. That appraisal would assess my performance and recommend if I should stay at the department. In that moment, I thanked God that I hadn’t done what I felt like doing. Instead, I allowed God to keep me calm and didn’t react to the situation.
A soft answer turns away wrath
I was later informed that the appraisal document was completed and sent for recommendation. I wondered how much of it would have rested on that moment had I allowed my emotions and flesh to take over and really just ‘cream’ my Manager for that un-necessary position I was placed in.
The Bible says in Proverbs 15: 1& 2 “ A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.” And 16:1 “ When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
If you are in such a situation or there are folks around you taking every opportunity to ‘put shut’ at you. If you feel like saying your piece, seek God instead and allow Him to settle all our issues. When God settles you, you are settled.
Make a choice to seek God today, allow Him to fight your battles, Amen.