Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. Proverbs 9:7-9
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Have you ever known someone who overreacts when things don’t go their way? Here in America, we are used to getting out way, but life does not always work that way. There are times when we need to sit back, take some instruction to become a better person.
Quick story . . .
I have been creating videos for over fifteen years. I have recorded plays, short biography sketches and lots of business videos. Recently, I was doing some behind the scenes video for a fashion project. I am not a ‘fashion’ kind of person and I am slightly out of my comfort zone working in that environment.
The lead photographer saw my first video and gave some pointers. I corrected the video and she loved it. Then, on another call she made some suggestions about the way I was shooting. I immediately got defensive and did not want to listen. When I got off the phone call I had to remind myself “the wise listen to instruction.”
To make a long story short, I listened to what she had to say and my next fashion video was the best so far. I set my pride aside and listened to what she had to say. I became wiser because I was willing to listen.
God puts people in our lives to help us get to new levels. We are either helping someone else grow, or we are growing from them. It is a concept we see throughout the Bible: i.e. Moses and Joshua or Paul and Timothy.
As business owners, we are leaders. That does not mean we can’t learn from anyone else. I had a wise Christian man tell me, “You can learn something from everyone no matter how insignificant you think they are.”
Firstly, no one is insignificant. We are all Children of God. We all stand at the same place before the cross whether rich or poor. To put it in perspective think about this humbling thought: Everyone is better than you at something.
When we go into business with the idea that we know it all, our business flat lines and we become stagnant. When we enter our business with the openness to learn, we have a business that thrives and grows.
Even though you are the leader of your business, don’t be afraid to listen to your employees, vendors and customers. They all have a different perspective than you, and they may see a blind spot that you cannot see from your leadership role.
The question is simple, are you teachable? If you are teachable, you will be wise and your business will grow.
“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” Proverbs 9:7-9
I hope you enjoyed this business Bible study from Christian Business Revolution. We’ll see you next week.