Some people just like to fight. They have a chip on their shoulder and it doesn’t take much to set them off. Bullying isn’t limited to school yards. Bullies who have wandered into positions of leadership are everywhere. The goal of these leaders is to be “King of the Hill” by pushing everyone else down. They are insecure and use the power of their position to control people.
As leaders, we always have a choice to make in how we treat others. We can take one of three roads: The Low Road is the path that fights back and seeks to control and even harm others. This road eventually leads to “war and death”. The Middle Road avoids conflict and leaves issues unresolved and lingering to address some other day. This is the road to nowhere. The High Road however is the best choice. It is the road of grace and truth that leads to “peace and life.” Read and reflect on these words of wisdom from King Solomon:
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. (Proverbs 14:29-30 NIV)
Self-control, understanding, patience and a positive attitude will lead you to the high road. When faced with a conflict or threatened by the unfair actions of others, simply pause…slowly inhale a deep breath…take a timeout…and choose “The High Road to Peace and Life”. It is never easy but it is always right to take the high road. Leaders who pursue peace and life sleep very well at night. There will most likely be times today you will need to decide how to respond to an unfair situation. Don’t wait for the heat of the moment, prepare now by choosing which road you will take.
“You have many choices. You can choose forgiveness over revenge, joy over despair. You can choose action over apathy.” ~ Stephanie Marston