Think Creatively (3)
Not everybody is willing to think creatively, and some people resent those who do. The apostle John said: ‘I have written briefly to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to take the lead among them and put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority and refuses to accept my suggestions or listen to me.’
Every organization has at least one of these people; just make sure it’s not you. (LOL.) Author Phil Cooke says: ‘One of the most damaging sacred cows in organizations is basing employee status on seniority rather than talent. Yes, loyalty is important, but some of the most loyal employees I’ve ever met are loyal because of selfishness. They project loyalty to keep their jobs, retain their benefits, or hold on to their authority.
Real loyalty is about innovation, original thinking, and helping the company get to the next level…Every person has worth and is important. But a great leader always knows the people who bring the most value to the organization. Those are the people to be developed, trained and cultivated.
When you create an atmosphere of original thinking, you’ll have more loyalty than you’ll know what to do with. Most companies are so ignorant of how to develop an environment of innovation that if you’ll do it, you will have people coming from every direction to work with you.’ The apostle Paul practiced and taught this principle: ‘We urge you…to recognize those who labor among you…and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake…’ (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NKJV). To become a creative thinker, you must value creative thinking.
‘Diotrephes…refuses to accept my suggestions…’ 3 John 1 v. 9 AMP
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
2 Corinthians 1:24; 3:18 4:6; 5:9,13-15, 21; 6:11, 17-18; 7:1
Wow! This is a lot but so encouraging! Let us be transformed more into His image today! Only believe & obey & you will live amazed!
We work with you for your joy that you stand firm in your faith. We all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For God who said ‘let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts! So we make it our aim to please him! If it seems we are out of our minds, it is for God. For the love of Christ controls us! Because, he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died & was raised! You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. Widen your hearts also! Go out from their midst, & be separate from them, says the Lord, & touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, & you shall be sons & daughters to me! Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body & spirit bringing holiness to completion!
God loves you! He longs for you to be controlled by His love! Do not be restricted in your affections! Widen your heart & He will fill it! Never delay!