Anyone else remember the saying, “Don’t let the turkeys get you down,” from somewhere in their past. Truth is, I hadn’t thought of it since, well, since somewhere in my past, until Thursday morning when I came out of our laundry room in a rush to get off to work.
Needless to say I was a bit surprised when the two little guys pictured above startled the kajeebers out of me! That wonderful man of mine was getting ready for turkey season and left his “supplies” sitting out in the open without any warning to me, his unsuspecting wife.
After regaining my composure, into my mind popped the phrase, “Don’t let the turkeys get you down!” I took that to be a little good-natured Holy Spirit advice, and went on about my way–after taking a picture for a blog post, of course! After all,
“When life gives you turkeys, write a blog post.”
Why a blog post? Because those turkeys reminded me of several conversations I’ve had lately with people dealing with stressful situations in their jobs, relationships, and circles of influence. It also reminded me of some great advice that turkey hunting husband of mine gave me when I started out in children’s ministry.
You know, seriously, what do you do when you’ve made some decision or said something or done something that some people don’t like?
I mean, c’mon, you’re sincerely trying to do your best. You’re not purposefully trying to irritate people or make bad decisions. Yet, some people just can’t seem to be pleased, and they seem to want to roost in your territory! (I know, I know!)
So what are you gonna do?
Don’t let the turkeys get you down. Instead, you might gobble up these two plans of action: (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)
1) Consider that the person may be right. They are not a turkey at all; they are actually trying to help keep you from looking like a turkey. If this is the case, you will probably need to try one of these ideas:
- Humble Yourself.
- Admit you are wrong.
- Make things right.
- Be thankful someone helped you realize your mistake.
- Press on.
2) Reconsider your position and why you made the decision/statement/policy you did. If after going to God, you still feel confident that your decision was the best choice for the time, then try one of these ideas:
- Stay Humble–don’t gloat about being right
- Stay the course, good leaders often have to make hard decisions.
- Be thankful for the opportunity to be sure of your decision.
- Keep focused on God.
- Press On with confidence in your decision.
No one is ever going to please every one all of the time, and just because someone doesn’t agree with your decisions doesn’t make them a turkey. God can use even the most stressful people and situations as opportunities to show us where we are wrong, and remind us of where we are right.
Make it a policy to continually inquire of the Lord and wait on Him as you lead. Let Him guide your words, decisions, policies and practices as you humbly rely on Him so that even if people don’t agree with you, they will respect you.
They who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength and soar with wings like eagles — far above the turkeys!