By nature, I tend to be obedient and compliant.
It wasn’t unusual for me to be the “teacher’s pet” or to be accused of “brown-nosing” as I climbed the corporate ladder.
I used to get really frustrated when others would make those accusations ,because really and truly I just wanted to do the right thing, to do the best job I possibly could. And a little affirmation from those in authority isn’t a bad trade off for all that work.
I’m noticing a drift in the leadership season I’m in. Standing a little further up the proverbial ladder, I’m not so much accused of these things as others are accused of sucking up to me.
With a different view and perspective, I’m realizing something very significant about this age-old element of human nature:
It’s not sucking up if you mean it.
I can tell the difference between those who just want something from me and others who sincerely want to do the right thing for God-honoring reasons.
But I’ve also noticed another little issue in all of this…
Some of the people who have the best intentions hold back from giving their best, affirming an idea, agreeing with a solution, offering praise or encouragement, etc because they are afraid of the perception of their peers.
It’s funny how so much of life comes back to the attitude and intent of our hearts.
God designed for us to live and work in community. Beautiful, healthy, God-honoring relationships propel His work forward.
Don’t let the perception of others keep you from giving your best.
Remember, it’s not sucking up if you mean it!