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by Tonja Taylor
1/12/2020 / Relationships
Writing notes and letters almost always comes easily to me. However, I recently found one letter very hard to write.
As a manager of 20 delivery drivers for a large pharmaceutical company, writing letters and memos comprised 95% of my communication with them. When time permitted, I used handwritten notes because it’s more personal. All the drivers know I’m a Christian, and my relationship with them is very good.
However, one drive in particular came in and loudly verbally attacked me one day, in front of my boss and co-workers. I was shocked at her unprofessional behavior and responded in a manner less loving than I would have liked.
She had shared many of her spiritual and emotional battles and I had prayed for her daily. She must have been having a rough day, but that did not give her the right to attack me.
She avoided me for the next three days. My pride was stung by her attack, even though I knew the battle was a spiritual one. In the meantime, I left her notes of encouragement, interceded even more for her, and suggested via a note that we “bury the axe and get over this.”
In the back of my mind, however, I was writing all kinds of “letters of correction” that I planned to discuss with her and put in her file.
But the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me do that. He showed me again that the spiritual battle superceded the earthly, fleshly one, and that is was my job—especially as the leader of the group—to let Jesus love her through me.
It took Him three days to convince me. But then I wrote a note telling the driver I appreciated her, and asked her to forgive me, and explained that I was ‘still working on the responding in love part,’ she resumed her professional manner and has continued to do an excellent job. I believe that, once again, God has overcome the enemy through the correct use of words!
Tonja K. Taylor is the author of many works, including THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCESS PEARL, P.O.W.E.R.* Girl! series. She and her husband Clayton minister the Word through teaching, preaching, and the arts, on River Rain Creative Arts (You Tube, God Tube), AnchorFM, their church, the region, and beyond
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