One of my favorite sermons was the Sunday Father Dave compared a broken broom to a person. He pointed out that unlike the broom, we don’t simply discard a person when they are broken or when they are not quite able to do a job.
Unfortunately, not all businesses operate under that context. Sometimes when someone is not systematically meeting all the needs of the job, they are made to feel inferior. They can feel devalued when more emphasis is put on the weaknesses and mistakes rather than on any strengths or success. People are more likely to remember the few mistakes and easily forgot all the times a task was done correctly.
We each hold unique skills and abilities. In fact, if you asked me to get up and lead the congregation in song, I would fail miserably. And not due to effort or desire either, because I love to sing! But since I wasn’t blessed with much musical talent, I’ve found other segments of the church to get involved with.
The same concept applies to our jobs. It’s not realistic to expect us to get the exact same results as every other co-worker. Each of us bring something new and different. We can all work towards a similar goal, but we may get to the end result in a different way or time frame. Who are we to judge which style, approach, or process is better than another?
Let’s all go back to our roles next week with a refreshed purpose – follow the servant leadership model that Jesus set as an example. Know that no one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes - -including us. Strive to lovingly hold ourselves and others accountable for their commitments and work to overcome short-comings and obstacles together.
Blessings to everyone this Labor Day weekend!