Training Up The Wise
Posted: Wednesday, February 13
Verse of the Day:
Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. (Proverbs 9: 7-8)
In a leadership position, one of the most crucial things to do is establish a good team around you. For me, I know certain strengths and weaknesses in myself that lead me to take certain tasks on myself, and push other tasks on to other people who can do them better than me. Now I am generally not a very trusting person. I like to see someone accomplish what I’m asking several times before I really will trust them to do it on their own. That’s a weakness in myself that I’ve noticed recently, but also something that in moderation can be healthy.
Over my time in ministry, there have been plenty of people that I have tried to raise up to certain positions, and for whatever reasons, some good and some not so good, the situation didn’t work out. Perhaps they thought they already knew everything and could handle it themselves, or they thought the task was too easy for them, or they didn’t have the capacity to fill that role, or they simply were fitted for a better role better. Whatever the reason was, there was definitely a lot of time wasted in trying to raise up someone who had no business being in a position of leadership.
I believe that these verses are instructing us to be extra careful about who we are attempting to raise up. It talks about the wise love the correction from their leaders, which is exactly the time of people I want to be surrounded by. So in positions where I am not in leadership, I try to make sure that no matter how difficult, I am always open to constructive criticism. In positions where I am in leadership, I try to make sure that the people surrounding me are trustworthy people, who have the wisdom to recognize when they don’t have it all figured out, and instead are open to wise correction.