Bible Character: Jonah
Many are familiar with the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale…and being spit back out onto land three days later with a new spirit.
Many of us are also aware that a person’s attitude is probably the most important determining factor of whether they are a productive individual or not. Some things in this world we don’t have control over, but our attitude is something we have total control of.
Don’t Drag the Team Down
The boat was headed to Tarshish when a violent storm arose. Eventually the sailors figured out that Jonah was the cause of the storm. God had wanted Jonah to go to Nineveh for him, but Jonah was fleeing to Tarshish instead of follow his instructions. Consequently, the sailors picked him up and threw him out of the boat. As soon as they did this, the raging sea became calm.
This is also the case with our teams and organizations. Someone with the wrong attitude and perspective can cause real problems for the entire organization, and sometimes that person needs to be removed.
Your Perspective Really Matters
Jonah did finally listen to God and deliver a message to Nineveh that God would destroy them because of their evil ways.
This is where the story becomes disappointing. Jonah became angry at God, because the people of Nineveh repented and God saved them! He felt like God was too gracious and slow to anger.
We have all been around people who see everything with a pessimistic attitude. It can go beyond being realistic and borders on trying to find the negative in everything. Jonah should have been happy for the success of the people of Nineveh, just like we should be happy when others in our organization succeed.
By the end of the story Johan just wanted to die, he had the wrong attitude, let us not make the same mistake.