Powered by 4 - October 6, 2015

 

Dealing Wisely

Today's reading: 1 Kings 9:10-28

Solomon worked closely with King Hiram of Tyre (who had been a friend of David) in constructing the temple and his own residence. At the conclusion of these massive and involved building projects, Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. Sounds pretty impressive, but for whatever reason, Hiram wasn't happy with the cities. So what does Hiram do? Well, even though Solomon was extremely powerful and wealthy, Hiram doesn't shy away from addressing the situation with him, and the manner in which Hiram dealt with Solomon showed wisdom on his part. He spoke to Solomon personally, he wasn't arrogant or condescending, and he didn't try and pull a power play or threaten Solomon. Instead, Hiram spoke words of truth from his heart to his colleague, Solomon.

As much as we'd like to avoid it, sometimes it's necessary to confront another person. It's never easy, and confrontation in a business or work setting can also be quite awkward. That being the case, how we choose to approach and handle a difference of opinion or conflict is crucial. It can literally make all the difference in the world.

What lessons did you learn or observe from Hiram's example? Tami

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