The line between business and customer, ministry and church member, can get blurry pretty fast.
You can NEVER forget that numbers, statistics–the bottom line–represents a person.
Whenever I get frustrated, this is what comes back to me.
You’re talking about a person, Audra, take a chill pill!
Whatever problem I face (real or perceived) can be traced back to a real life person. A person with their own personality, flaws, interests, hurts, hopes, and dreams.
He or she also has a list of problems….
A little grace can go a long, long way. And here’s another thing to consider:
Most of the problems I face can be traced right back to me. Did I mention that I am not good at giving grace to myself?
Don’t forget about extending a little grace towards yourself. We all make mistakes. It happens.
Let me be clear: There’s nothing wrong with having a bottom line, a set standard to aim for.
Just be sure that the standard you set doesn’t become more important than the people you serve and live/work with.
I’m finding that having grace as my standard is the best way to go. It keeps everything in perspective.