Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

    Sometimes your principal may make a decision that you cannot accept or understand. You have two choices. You can accept the decision knowing that God is ultimately in charge, and ask God to direct your leaders.  Or, if you feel strongly that the decision must be questioned for the good of the school, you can prepare an appeal and talk with your principal.

    If you choose to appeal, consider the following thoughts to determine if you are properly prepared. 

  • If you have not been cooperative, have current unresolved conflicts or have recently shown resistance to your leader, you may not have earned the favor needed to ask for consideration. Have you consistently shown an attitude of respect and honor to your leader? If not, you probably should not try to make an appeal.
  • Have you prepared a creative alternative to present to your leader when you ask that the decision be changed? Your principal will be more willing to hear your ideas when you offer a second solution. Is your solution in the best interest of the entire organization?  If so, are you prepared to explain those benefits?
  • Also, are you prepared to have your ideas rejected?  You must give your leader the  "right" to disagree with you.  Avoid anger.  It will destroy future favor

    Here’s a word of advice--approach your employer with humility; respectfully present your concern and your creative solution.  Show gratefulness for his/her willingness to hear your opinion.  Don’t be pushy or manipulative.  End your meeting on a positive note thanking him/her for being willing to meet with you.

Dear God, Give me the wisdom to know how to appeal to my employer.  Help me to build a respectful attitude toward my principal even when I cannot understand or accept decisions.   Build character in my life as I learn to submit to authority.  

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