DIFFICULT DECISIONS

And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.

Acts 15:36-40

Ministry is not immune from conflict, and difficult decisions are as much a reality in the Church as they are in the business world. Barnabas mentored Paul and spent considerable time doing ministry with him. These men were driven, godly, and bonded in the activity of serving Jesus. It was also true that they did not see eye-to-eye. In the midst of ministry, leadership, and relationships, men have to make tough calls. Disagreements are inevitable and navigating them is a necessary skill for any man.

It is important to note that when differences in approach arise, it is OK to disagree. The outcome of Paul and Barnabas' situation resulted in a separation, but it did not diminish the common goal as both men continued to encourage the Church. Practice being mindful in the midst of difficult decisions. When you have to make a leadership decision, do so in a way that keeps you on the mission and respects those you disagree with. Keep from giving in and feeling bitter or being overly aggressive toward others. You can be on the same team and have a different approach.

DO THIS TODAY: Pray for wisdom during a conflict. 

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