A Continuous Story

Theresa Haskins —  August 13, 2010

Although I adore volunteering in Children’s Ministry, I spend a good portion of my time working in the “real world”.  It constantly amazes me how God challenges me in ways I could never imagine in an effort to help me grow as a both a Christian and a leader.

For example, I have never really been motivated to be a supervisor in my day job.  Now, though, I honestly believe that God is working in my life to develop the skills and personality within me with that may ultimately lead to being a supervisor.  Unlike when my daughters were younger, I am now at a point in my life where I think I can handle the responsibility.  And, I know that, should it pan out, it will be because of HIM that I know I can do it – because I know that I won’t be going at it alone!  There are SO many terrible supervisors out there in the work force – ones that don’t respect their employees and don’t treat them as they should be treated.  Many of us have worked, or are working, for such people.  I feel like God is calling me to be different kind of supervisor!

I thought it might be interesting to share something about the group of people I work with and examine how God is working through those people to help lead me into a leadership position.  Hopefully, you will find something in this effort that you can relate to your own life and experiences.  I think it will be fun to provide “chapters” periodically – kind of like writing a book (which happens to be one of my goals in this life, as a matter of fact!).  To provide an overview of the personalities in our office, I thought I would assign “character” names (to protect the innocent) and describe each “character’s” personality traits. In order to better understand my story, you should know that I work in an office full of women – only women.

I will begin our saga with the newest member of our office team.  Let’s call her Flower.  It seems at times that her purpose in the office is to drive most of us (me included) insane.  She has a VERY strong personality.  Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that Flower likes to RUN THE SHOW.  As much as that irritates me sometimes, I KNOW that God has placed her in this office to show me MY faults!  I must admit, I don’t like it one bit either!  Not that I’m a control freak – I’m really not (even my husband will back me up on that!).  However, one of the things that bothers me about Flower is that she wants to tell everyone what to do!  Faced with this type of know-it-all attitude, I find it extremely difficult to sit quietly even though I know that doing just that can be the right thing to do many times.  As a matter of fact, I have been praying that God would give me direction and guidance on how to address a specific issue on the table at this very moment.  Fortunately God is faithful, and as he always does, HE has offered me that guidance!  As a matter of fact, the guidance he offered came in the form of a book – remember my previous post, I love to read!  The book God used to guide me in this instance happened to be sitting on my book shelf – or perhaps in the TUB of books I fumble through from time to time because I don’t have enough shelf-space.  Anyway, it’s by John Maxwell.  I absolutely adore everything he’s written!  The title of this book is “Winning with People” and just reading the Table of Contents has provided much needed guidance in this situation!

Take a look at this:

  • The Readiness Question:  Are we prepared for relationships?  (I think I am)
  • The Connection Question:  Are we willing to focus on others? (OH MY!)
  • The Trust Question:  Can we build mutual Trust?  (Please, not trust!)
  • The Investment Question:  Are we willing to invest in others?  (I can do that, I think…)
  • The Synergy Question:  Can we create a win-win relationship?  (Gosh, I’m not sure if it’s possible…is it?)

I leave you to consider these thoughts in your own walk/life as God has prompted me to do in my relationship with Flower.

Theresa Haskins

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Theresa Haskins is married with three amazing children. All three children love and serve the Lord in their daily walk. Theresa has served in numerous ministries at her Church, Northside Christian Church in Yorktown, Virginia, since 1992.

One response to A Continuous Story

  1. Adding that book to my list friend! Love this post!