We had a staff meeting about Informality. It is one of the Values we have here at my church that we hold dear.
At one point the moderator asked everyone who is naturally informal to raise their hand and around 80% of the staff did. Then he asked for those who struggle to make sure they are informal to raise their hands. I raise my hand for the later. When I did that, I saw multiple faces show shock.
In my current work place I am very informal 80% of the time. It is a struggle, which does surprise most people. By nature, I am fairly uptight about the workplace. My mom taught me an extremely strong work ethic, so time spent chit-chatting has been something I have had to learn over the last 4 years. It hasn’t been easy.
As I have learned a fruitful life is less about production and protocol and more about people and relationships. Again, I have LEARNED and continue learning as when I have a lot going on and a ton to do, it is still difficult for me to stop for conversation. However, Jesus modeled that some of the best Ministry comes out of interruptions.
What I learned today…
I will continue to work on being present and informal so as to set people at ease, help the feel comfortable and truly be engaged in relationships.
I will continue to spend time intentionally being loud and goofy, when I can, remembering it is more relatable.
I will also fight the urge not to be “all business” as I don’t work in a setting where it is all business.
I will work through the pull of my head to be stern in circumstances, and be more understanding.
I will pray for God to give me the wisdom to know the right and wrong times for informality and that I don’t come off too strong, but as a very loving, hard working, leader.