Daily D – Proverbs 30:10
Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it. PROVERBS 30:10 (NLT)
The sign in front of the church said, “You can’t build yourself up by tearing others down.” Those were the right words at the right moment when I read them years ago.
When someone slanders another, saying something false that damages his or her reputation, it can cost that person his or her job. That’s the point of this verse. Saying things that get someone fired so that you can move into their position has been going on forever and ever. So has retribution.
Let’s flip the script. We can encourage and strengthen our coworkers to the point they are promoted and thereby create an honorable vacancy we can apply for. This makes our coworkers and employers grateful.
The best way to build up yourself is to build up others. Make others better. Teamwork makes the dream work.
A group that does more good than just about any other I know met for annual planning recently. The leaders of the different areas within the organization gathered to determine how to work together with more creative collaboration. They walked away with a plan and a process that will empower them to do that. This will make them even more effective in the years ahead.
There was no jealousy in the room. Nobody pushed his or her way to the front. Each one wanted to know what the others were doing and how they could contribute from their positions to the benefit of the others.
They built up one another. They will build their organization. They will expand their ability to provide life-changing service near and far.
To serve the whole world, serve those most closely connected with you.
To bless the whole world, bless your family, your neighbors, and your coworkers.
This proverb says that when you slander someone, “you will pay for it.” They will pay you back. Again, flip the script. When you encourage and strengthen others, they will pay it forward.
Every Thou Shalt Not has a Thou Shalt. Who will you encourage and strengthen today?
I will encourage and strengthen others.
Our Father, empower me to build up others. Empower me to help others live lives of maximum expression. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.