Awkward: Lacking skill, grace or ease in movement.
Lacking social graces or manners.
Not well planned or designed for easy or effective use.
Requires caution; somewhat hazardous: hard to deal with.
✓ Feel the distance.
“My relatives stay far away, and my friends have turned against me.” Job 19:13 NLT
✓ Fear the disturbance.
“Your life will constantly hang in the balance. You will live night and day in fear, unsure if you will survive.” Deuteronomy 28:66 NLT
✓ Find everything more difﬁcult.
“An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortiﬁed city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.” Proverbs 18:19 NLT
“But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. The wild animals in the ﬁelds will thank me, the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.” Isaiah 43:18-20 NLT
Fixing The Awkward
Leaders see the awkward and ﬁx it.
1. Be a leader.
“Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.” Proverbs 18:20 NLT
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV
“Leadership begins with your example but often ends with your mouth.”
2. Fix the awkward.
“Forgiveness is releasing a prisoner and realizing the prisoner was you.” — Martin Luther
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:16-18 NIV
3. Set boundaries.
“When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.” Matthew 10:12-14 NLT/NKJV
“You get what you tolerate.” — Henry Cloud, Boundaries
4. See them though the eyes of God.
“You can be their victim or their voice of hope.”
“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers (leaders) are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his ﬁelds.” Matthew 9:35-38 NLT