Thought For The Day 01/09/14

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I’m A Micromanager! YIKES!!!

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micromanagement

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“Micromanaging is ridiculous. There’s always a certain amount of dynamic tension, which is good because it stimulates creative thinking. But what we want to look for (in city government) is a balance where each body or group of people is fulfilling their role.”

Karin Uhlich

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080830125138AADjs6p

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I have a very strong personality. And I am quite certain that there are more than a few of you out there who personally know me, that are falling off your computer chairs as you read that revelation! “Yeppers”….. it is one of my MANY less endearing qualities, for sure! But that I am able to both identify as well as admit that weakness about me, speaks volumes about how far I have traveled in recent years, to try to correct what amounts to more than a few “less than ideal” character flaws that are part of Mandy! Am I successful in all of those efforts at self editing? NOPE! But I do try my best to, if not exactly fix, then at least, to be aware of all of those flaws and to try to keep them in mind as I live and breathe and share my part of this big, wide world, with others! Which is why I always must remember NOT to try to micromanage my faith!

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I have discovered something quite significant about this flaw of mine, AKA, my tendency to micromanage. Did you realize that micromanaging both the fine as well as the global points of any task or effort never, ever, created unity and teamwork? In fact, micromanaging actually undermines, and ultimately destroys the desire of others to become both willing, as well as active, participants, in any project or effort. And while we tend to think about micromanaging in terms of the workplace, make no mistake. Micromanaging exists across all aspects of life, INCLUDING FAITH!!!!! Case in point? How about Job? (It seems as if I turn to Job over and over…..but how can you not when there is so much to learn from him!)

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Job was a mess. In fact, “Murphy’s Law” really should have been named “Job’s Law”! He lost almost everything and everyone that was important to him. And adding insult to injury, he was plagued with boils which made him almost as popular with others as a Leper would be! Well everyone had a say on how to fix things. His wife told him to curse God and die and be done with his misery and his friends blamed sin. Everyone thought they had God figured out. They were master micromanagers….each with their own solution to Lot’s lot!!!! But God knew better. He chose His own time and place and when He was ready, He said to Job, “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:2-7 NIV)

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God really wanted to test Lot’s faith, and when that faith and trust had been restored, that was the moment when Lot’s blessings returned. All that he had lost was regained many times over! Wealth, position, children….and faith. All returned to a grateful heart of one who had learned his lesson well! And that is what a good manager or leader or shepherd or minister accomplishes! They seek to discover the best in others and they encourage them to be all that they can be! Just as God trusted Lot, so must we place our trust in the capabilities and talents of others. By doing so, we actually enrich our own lives many times over!

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So the next time any of you see me micromanaging anything…..please slap me silly and then say one word to me. JOB!!!!!!!!

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“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;”

1 Peter 1:13-15 NIV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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