I grew up in a home with four children and two parents. When there was a disagreement between the kids, my mother (or dad) stepped in to address the issue. My parents used to say, “You are the Indians. We are the Chiefs.” The truth is most of us want to be Chief, but we need a lot more Indians.
The last time I managed people was in an all-female environment. Yes, I can already hear some of you sending me your sympathetic moans right now. I am a biblical advocate for women; however, I’m not blind. I know women have issues <smile>. I also know managing women is like herding, well, buffalo.
As the manager or the Chief, it was very difficult to get the Indians to cooperate and work as a team. It didn’t help that I had to deal with one of the Indian’s drug problems, including selling from the property. I also had to deal with everyone’s opinion of the troubled young woman’s choices. Again, everyone wants to be the Chief, but I needed a lot more Indians.
I see the exact same thing play out every day in just about every situation. Humility is not something that we value in life. We value power, aggression, tough talk, and the refusal to bend. And we wonder why there is so much turmoil in our world?
May I make a suggestion? Let’s be a Chief when God appoints us as Chief but let’s learn to be good Indians when He doesn’t.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10
Gotta run. I’m headed to a pow-wow with God.
*Note: If you find the term, “Indian,” offensive, feel free to insert the words, “Native American.” I have the utmost respect for our country’s original inhabitants.