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Letting God Handle Your Next Promotion

Proverbs 25:6-7 says “Don’t work yourself into the spotlight; don’t push your way into the place of prominence. It is better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted.”

It is good to be ambitious. It is also good to know the difference between stepping forward to accept leadership responsibilities and stepping forward to put yourself into the spotlight for the benefit of self-promotion.

True leadership comes through service. You may be in the spotlight but you will also be in the hot seat. The place of prominence is like a coin. It has two sides. When things are going well and your team is working harmoniously toward the same goals and objectives under your leadership, your leadership will shine. When things are being challenged you can still shine. It is just more challenging.

In adversity, sometimes the spotlights seem to shine more brightly. As a great leader you will speak up for the sake of the mission and be willing to remain silent when it serves the organization. As a great leader, you will make sacrifices for the sake of your team.

Wherever you are in your organization, do your work as if unto the Lord. He is your ultimate boss to whom you report. You may not physically see Him but He sees you. There is no place to hide. God is also the one who will place the opportunities to serve and use your skills in the best way possible in front of you. He will not allow you to force yourself into a position you are not meant to have. You can keep trying but He will direct your path His way. This for me has at times been a very challenging reality to grasp.

When promotions pass us by, our self-esteem sometimes plummets. We may feel we are not good enough. Part of that is Satan trying to get us to be angry with God for not giving us what we want. If Satan can turn us away from God toward self-destruction through substance abuse, weight gain, anger, etc., he is extremely happy.

Let us look at the other side of the lost promotion. Perhaps God was protecting us from the hardships that the extra hours would take on our bodies, our family relationships, etc. Perhaps He was protecting us from future management changes which would compromise our ethics. Perhaps this opportunity presented itself to show us the additional skill sets we will need in the future.

It is difficult to be passed by. Remember we are to grieve for the night. Tomorrow is another day of opportunity. I would like to share with you the following as encouragement regarding the events of 9/11 and some of the individuals who survived:

The head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten that day and he had the privilege of seeing him off to school. 

Another is alive because it was his turn to bring donuts to the office.

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time that day.

Another was late because of being stuck in the NJ Turnpike due to an auto accident.

One fellow missed his bus.

One woman spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One person’s car would not start and another was unable to get a taxi.

One man put on new shoes that day and he got blisters on his foot on the way to work. He stopped to purchase bandages at the drugstore which made him late for work.

The moral of the story, you are right where God intents you to be. Your spotlight may even be somewhere other than a work. Like many of us, we sometimes go looking everywhere but in our own backyards for that spotlight and thus miss the opportunities which are right in front of us, staring at us everyday.