Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Servant Leadership and Prayer

In a recent Playing Nice in the Sandbox workshop, a young lady raised her hand and said, "What do you do if you learn all of this material and apply it in your workplace and your situation does not improve?"

That was an interesting question because at the end of the workshop we ask the question, "What do you do if the person you're dealing with has not been through a workshop like this?"

The young lady seemed distressed. I believe she loved her job but I cannot say the same about her work environment.

I decided to open up the conversation for discussion. I asked the class what you would do. A participant on the first row said, "Pray." That was actually the first thing that came to my mind when the young lady posed the question to me.

Why am I talking about prayer in a leadership blog? For starters, this is a servant leadership blog and we all know where the foundation of this philosophy comes from-Jesus Christ. At the age that I am now, 44, I realize that there are some situations in life that leaves us so perplexed and at the end of our rope, that the only thing we can do is pray, be still, listen and wait for the answer.

It is important that I talk to you today about how important my faith is to me. I applaud the person who sat on the front row and said pray. Yes, there are tools and information that we can gain insight from in a workshop, but sometimes we just need to keep it simple. I know that it is not customary to talk about religion in blogs like this but this is who I am.

1 comment:

  1. Great Post Kelvin. The power of prayer has strengths beyond any human imagination. One of my favorite pieces of scripture, Phil 4:6-7 tells us "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by PRAYER and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

    I realized that this blog article and your one on Gratitude Journals could be combined for me. I have recently started a prayer journal in which I write down my prayers listing not only my requests and needs but most importantly my praises and the things with which I am grateful!

    Thanks for your inspiration and motivation, but most importantly for sharing your faith!