The Highway

What happens in your work-life when you do NOT get your way?  It is going to happen.  Some people complain and badmouth the leadership of the company, digging in their heels with a stubborn attitude.

Korah, Dathan and Abiram are unfamiliar names from the Old Testament yet they carry with their legacy a great lesson for all in contemporary workplaces.  They confronted Moses (Numbers 16:1-30), challenging his authority.  They basically said, "What's so special about you? We should not have to submit to your authority.  We are smart and qualified to lead like you."   They incited an additional 250 prominent men from the congregation of people to join their revolt of authority. (v. 4).   Moses called a meeting to settle the differences with them but they weren't interested.  They never even showed up at the meeting.  They carried a my way or the highway mentality.  It appears they really didn't want resolution; rather, they wanted a promotion.  They weren't happy with their jobs: they wanted Moses' job!  It was going to be their way or the highway.

This is a dangerous place to operate in life and work.  It creates dissension, stirs up confusion, chokes out communication and can leave those associates around you in a "funk."  It can also contribute significantly to additional conflict and confrontation.  Workers on this kind of pathway often find their ultimate end similar to that of Korah, Dathan and Abiram: they were literally destroyed. Furthermore, the 250 or so who followed their lead also perished as a result of their rebellious spirit.  Authority is not something that the Lord takes lightly; not in relationship to Him and not in relationship to your upline workplace leadership. There is a better way to resolve conflict. 

Today's Workplace Challenge: Demonstrate a willingness to discuss matters with your supervisors.  Don't try to trump them by gathering up the troops in opposition to them.  Everyone loses then.  Work things out logically and reasonably, showing a cooperative spirit in doing so.  The fact of the matter is, none of us is ever going to get our way all the time, not even the boss!  You won't either.  When you disagree, you can either quit and leave the company, or learn to work with others.  As for promotions, earn one!  Most great employees cannot be forever held down.  Your time is coming.  The better question in that realm may be, "Are you a great employee!?"  If not, why not?  Don't settle for being a good employee;  be the great employee.  It is your calling!  Have a great Monday.  Work respectfully, even thankfully, with those in authority in your work environment.  Your day is bound to count for His glory if you do!  "Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no one ..."  (Titus 3:1-2)