Sometimes it’s because of my age.
Sometimes it’s because of my stage in life.
Sometimes they’re just prideful.
Sometimes they’re completely off base.
Sometimes they’re older.
Sometimes they have experienced more of life than I have.
Sometimes they’re right on point.
Sometimes they’re flat-out wrong.
But every time somebody gives the smug perception, “I get it…and you don’t…” I’m immediately turned off. (I know, I know…I’ve got lots to work on. Just hear me out…)
I’ve sat in meetings where I felt like I had a good idea, but was shot down because, peering over their glasses, they would say, “You just don’t understand…but you will one day.”
I’ve been at larger meetings where I can’t get a seat at the table because of my age and stage in life.
I’ve been chuckled at because my thought was ludicrous to them.
And, like I acknowledged above, they were probably right. Maybe I had no right to be at the table. To offer critiques. To suggest solutions.
But, regardless, they’ve set me on edge, and put me on the defense, when they’ve looked down on me. (1 Timothy 4:12 is a great admonition. But that’s another post)
When you’re leading people, remember this.
Just because somebody hasn’t been a Christian as long as you…
Or a father as long as you…
Or haven’t read as many books or written as many blog posts as you have…
Or haven’t taken as many seminary classes…
Or been a “member” as long…
Or been in as many small groups…
Or led as many small groups…
Doesn’t mean that they don’t get it.
Who can you take a chance on today?
Who can you give respect to, by simply listening to their story?
*Note: This post is not in response to my current position at Grace Community Church. I’m thankful for the risks they’ve taken, and for the ones they continue to encourage me to take.