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Reacting versus Responding, How to Lead With Love


Every Monday morning at 11 am ET I host a Power to Prosper Prayer Call => prayer for people in the market place who want to power up their business, and their results! (You’re always welcome to listen in live on Mondays at 11 am ET: Dial: (712)432-0075 code: 511478#)

“Interestingly” for the first time in years, our call had audio issues, and the lines dropped twice. When I face this type of resistance, I don’t view it as a sign to back down–resistance causes me to “ramp up” as I know victory is ahead. So I wanted to share an abbreviated version of today’s talk with you on RESPONDING versus REACTING…

We all have a choice to remain rooted and grounded in our responding…

When we get that text that starts our day off wrong; when we get that call that totally ticks us off; when we get that email that grates our last nerve; when we have someone come against us wrongfully; we have a choice to REACT or we can choose to RESPOND.

Reaction is an emotional decision often commanded by our emotions or exhaustion.

Responding is a thought out reply, emotions aside, leading with logic , love, and resolutions.

Often times what you are going through is simply a test to see how you will remain rooted in your responding–and is a refining trial for you. It may not even have anything to do with the situation at hand.

How we treat people can have a great impact on the degree in which we are blessed in our lives. We can’t be rude and inconsiderate and expect to be treated right by others and live in victory.

I’ll be the first to admit–I really struggled with this issue in the past, but had a situation in my life which totally refined me…

There was someone in a position of perceived power who tried to manipulate others against us to elevate their position. I felt the urge to react, defend, and explain. But I kept hearing a still voice tell me to “Be still”…to allow God to be my vindicator and to continue to walk in love.

This was a refining process for me–which taught me the importance of responding in love (versus reacting). I grew as a person and leader during this time–and although uncomfortable I was being created into the person and leader I was intended to be.

In time, truth was revealed, relationships of those deceived were healed (and I continue to have compassion and love toward the person who wrongfully came against us, trusting they are in their “refining” journey right now).

A life-changing conversation happened when one person came to us and said “what made all of the difference in the world was seeing how you and your husband responded in love and grace in the situation!” We never gossiped–we never defended–we prayed behind the scenes, and allowed the process to refine us. We remained rooted and grounded in our responding over time.

Talk about something bad being used for good!

You may be in a situation right now that is grating your last nerve–or turning up feelings of extreme pain and hurt. Do not repay evil with evil. Repay evil with good.

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There’s a story in the Old Testament of a man named Joseph. And if anyone had a right to react and return evil for evil it was him! His brothers hated him so much that they threw him into a pit and were going to kill him, but decided to sell him into slavery instead! Years went by and he endured extreme heartache (being lied about, tormented, and accused). But he kept a good attitude and continued to be blessed! After 13 years of being in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he was promoted to the second highest position in Egypt!

He was in charge of the food supply when a famine struck and his brothers traveled to Egypt for food for their family. Joseph could have ordered them killed, but instead gave them all the food they needed. Is it any wonder why he was so blessed, and respected? He knew how to respond in love, and treat people right!

When you bless your enemies, you will never lose! When you continue to respond in love (no matter how difficult) you will always come out greater on top. Respected and protected–and admired and accepted! A loved leader by many!

Next time you get that text, email, or call–let it sit for a day or two. Wait for the emotions to die down, and the exhaustion to subside. Choose wisely how you respond. It may be the process that has been chosen to refine YOU!


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Keep rockin rock stars–I believe in YOU! Sarah “Rockin” Robbins

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About Sarah “Rockin” Robbins:

SARAH ROBBINS is a kindergarten teacher turned 7-figure annual residual income earner in network marketing, and is considered one of the world’s leading network marketing consultants. Now in the top one percent income bracket of all women in America, she began part time with no business experience and had achieved 6-figures per MONTH by age 29. As a speaker she contributes unique insights on success, prosperity, leadership and network marketing topics, and is fulfilling her lifelong dream of helping others. You can receive her FREE VIDEO for MLM Success HERE

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