Proverbs 22:24-25 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
Proverbs 29:8 Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
It only takes one disgruntled coworker to make the workplace a miserable daily grind, especially if that employee verbalizes his complaints in the teachers' lounge. Several years ago I was happy with my job assignment until they hired a woman with a critical attitude. After hearing her complaints against the leaders and the business day after day, I found myself liking my job less and less. Things that I never noticed before began to irritate me. Offenses began to grow. The job had not changed; my attitude had changed. I eventually found another job. Later I learned that the complainer stayed with that job for several years. She "talked" me out of my job!
I have seen this happen in schools. Teachers get angry and stir up other teachers and make everyone miserable. The grumbler may even stir up parents and students. Or, sometimes it’s a student that becomes angry and stirs up other students. These things need to be corrected through loving confrontation. An unrestrained tongue (spark) can set a whole forest on fire (James 3).
Wise men turn away wrath; they do not socialize with angry men. You may be unable to stop others from complaining, but you can choose not to become part of the discussion. Simply excuse yourself from the conversation and leave the area. You may, in love, point out to the disgruntled worker how they are spreading bad seed and making themselves miserable. Coworkers can let the grumbler know that they don’t want to hear the complaints. This confrontation may help the person deal with their attitude and unforgiveness. Your willingness to say something about their protests could make a difference in their year.
Take personal responsibility for the atmosphere of your school as far as it is in your power. Offenses are to be handled personally and privately. Purpose always to clear offenses, and never let a lot of time pass without settling your anger. Don't pick up the offense of a coworker. Instead, encourage them to go to the persons involved to resolve the conflict. These are God's instruction to the Body of Christ. As you follow them, you will be the winner!
Dear God, Let me choose to turn from anger. Help me to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
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Polishing the Apple
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