Standards may be upheld in a professional manner. However, it is easy to allow our drive for perfecting standards to take the pat out of our hands and place in it a whip instead. We have the ability to hurt and destroy those around us in just a moment. This is true in our personal lives as well. One brief loss of emotional control and we rage on like a class five tornado. In our path we leave broken souls and confused colleagues. How did we get to this point? The one in which we momentarily disregard the impact of our actions. Stress. The single most destructive force in our society today is stress. Why do we stress? Worry. Why do we worry? We get caught up in the things of this world. Where do we find an answer for battling the worries of the world?
Jesus Christ teaches us, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
This is a most powerful message. When we feel overwhelmed with the things of the world then it is time that we check our self quickly. Who benefits from filling our mind with worry? If we want to create a friendly environment then we must focus on the battle that wages on within our own self. How can we expect to make a point, to work together, or to win the respect of others if we cause those around us to put up their guard?
Copyright © Robert Clinton Chedester 2012