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你的「拿手」策略是什麼?──WHAT IS YOUR ‘GO-TO’ STRATEGY?

For English version, please refer to the latter part of this page

我喜歡很多種運動,但我最喜歡的是袋棍球(lacrosse,又譯長曲棍球),不論是作為參賽者還是觀眾。這項運動也教會了我一些關於生命的道理。舉例來說,當袋棍球比賽的結果十分關鍵,而我們的球隊急需要進球時,我會使用我的「拿手招數」,我稱之為「內切閃躲」(the inside roll dodge)。這是我反覆練習數千次,並在比賽中成功得分的一個動作。

教練、球隊和球員都知道「拿手招數」可以影響比賽。一個拿手招數可以非常有效,即使球員事先告訴你,他們打算使用它,你仍然難以阻止他們。這個原則,同樣適用於生命的任何領域,包括商業和專業世界。

一位高效的銷售業務員,可能會擁有一個特殊的銷售簡報,作為「拿手招數」。企業高階主管,在做出困難的決策或解決挑戰性的問題時,可能會有特定的策略。當手術過程中遇到棘手的狀況時,技術精湛的外科醫生,可能也會有一些化險為夷的招數。也許在你的工作中,你也有一套行之有效的拿手招數。

我相信「拿手招數」的概念,在屬靈的層面上也是真實的,尤其對於那些,渴望在職場上事奉耶穌基督的人來說。你是否有任何使你在基督面前表現最佳的「拿手招數」呢?無論是準備一天的工作,還是履行日常的職責時。我的朋友,同時是領導學專家丹尼爾·韋伯斯特(Dan Webster) 與我分享了三個屬靈的「拿手招數」。這對我來說非常有益,我相信它們也能幫助你,為基督發揮最大的影響力:

一、拿手地點(Go-To Place)。每天你去哪裡與上帝連結呢?對我而言,我的拿手地點(經常去的地方)是我祖父在我上大學時給我的書桌。在這個地方,有無數次成為我的避難所。我透過禱告、閱讀和寫作,在這裡每天敬拜上帝。我們在何時何地與上帝互動,充滿活力的與基督同行,至關重要。馬太福音6章6節,耶穌說道:「你禱告的時候,要進你的內屋,關上門,禱告你在暗中的父;你父在暗中察看,必然報答你。」你的拿手地點在哪裡呢?它將改變你的生命。

二、拿手經文(Go-To Passage)。聖經中,哪些章節給了你最大的安慰與希望?哪段經文或詩句給了你方向和指引,或甦醒你的靈呢?我指的是你不斷回想的經文,因為它能與你對話,與你的靈產生共鳴。約伯記17章9節,成為我的拿手經文「然而,義人要持守所行的道;手潔的人要力上加力。」一段拿手經文,可以是一週、一個月,也可以是一年都相同的,在歌羅西書3章16節保羅鼓勵我們「把基督的道理豐豐富富的存在心裡。」哪一段聖經經文,能夠給予你每日的鼓勵和滋養呢?找到一段讓你充滿活力的「拿手經文」吧!

三、拿手同伴(Go-To Person)。誰是你的拿手同伴呢?每個人都需要至少一個,你可以隨時給他們打電話,並知道他們會為你空出時間。孤立是基督徒沈默的敵人;關鍵的人際關係,可以阻止孤立所產生的罪。所羅門王在傳道書4章9-10節中提醒我們,為什麼我們都需要一個同伴:兩個人總比一個人好,因為二人勞碌同得美好的果效。若是跌倒,這人可以扶起他的同伴;若是孤身跌倒,沒有別人扶起他來,這人就有禍了。誰是你的拿手同伴呢?如果沒有,請立即尋找吧!他們能將你從患難中解救出來,讓你變得更有影響力。很有可能,你也能為他們做同樣的事!

挑戰思考

當我們在職場中,每天堅持不懈地努力實踐自己的信仰時,擁有屬靈的「拿手招數」是一項寶貴的資產。這一週,請考慮一下你是否擁有已經提到的三種:拿手地點、拿手經文和拿手同伴。想想看怎樣才能讓它們,成為你每天讀經、默想和禱告的一部分。同時,找一個人,或不只一個人,讓你們相互問責地,將這些內容落實到你們的生命中。

備註:如果你有聖經,想閱讀更多相關的經文,請參考:(因篇幅有限,請參閱未列出的經文:詩篇119:9-11、提摩太後書3:16-17)

約書亞記1章8-9節
1:8這律法書不可離開你的口,總要晝夜思想,好使你謹守遵行這書上所寫的一切話。如此,你的道路就可以亨通,凡事順利。
1:9我豈沒有吩咐你嗎?你當剛強壯膽!不要懼怕,也不要驚惶;因為你無論往那裡去,耶和華你的神必與你同在。」
箴言27章17節
27:17 鐵磨鐵,磨出刃來;朋友相感(原文作磨朋友的臉)也是如此。
希伯來書10章24-25節
10:24 又要彼此相顧,激發愛心,勉勵行善。
10:25你們不可停止聚會,好像那些停止慣了的人,倒要彼此勸勉,既知道(原文作看見)那日子臨近,就更當如此。

反省與問題討論

  1. 你曾經考慮過,擁有「拿手招數」這個概念嗎?不論是在體育、你的專業還是個人生活的領域。如果你有一個,或者有多個,它們是什麼,你是如何使用它們的?
  2. 你能想像在工作中,擁有一個拿手招數,會很有益處的情境嗎?你是否知道有人,也許是你的老闆或同事,展現過他們經常使用的拿手招數嗎?如果有,請描述這個人以及他們如何使用這種策略呢?
  3. 你對於應用「拿手招數」的概念,以支持或強化你的屬靈生活,特別是運用在你的職業生涯中,有何看法呢?
  4. 對於你來說,三個建議的屬靈“拿手招數”中,哪一個最吸引你:拿手地點、拿手經文還是拿手同伴?你是否已經擁有其中之一了呢?請解釋你的答案。


WHAT IS YOUR ‘GO-TO’ STRATEGY?

By Dan Britton

I have enjoyed many sports, but my favorite has been lacrosse, as participant and spectator. This sport has also taught me about life. For example: using the “go-to move.” When the outcome of a lacrosse game was on the line and our team needed a goal, I went to my “go-to move,” which I called “the inside roll dodge.” It was a move I practiced thousands of times and executed in competition with great success.

Coaches, teams, and players know go-to moves can impact a contest. A go-to move can be so effective, even if the player told you ahead of time that they were going to use it, you would still be unable to stop them. This principle can hold true for any area of life, including the business and professional world.

An effective salesperson may have a special sales presentation for a “go-to move.” A business executive may have a specific strategy for making difficult decisions or solving challenging problems. For when complications arise during surgery, a skilled surgeon may also have a go-to move to avert the crisis. Perhaps in your line of work, you also have a go-to move that has proved effective.

I believe this concept of a go-to move also is true in a spiritual sense, especially for those of us who have a desire to serve Jesus Christ in the marketplace. Do you have any “go-to moves” that enable you to be your best for Christ, whether preparing for the workday or as you conduct your daily responsibilities? My friend and leadership expert Dan Webster has shared three spiritual go-to moves with me. These have been very beneficial for me, and I believe they can help in maximizing your impact for Christ:

1. Go-To Place. Where do you go every day to connect with God? My go-to place is the desk my grandfather gave me when I was in college. Thousands of times, it has been my place of refuge where I worship God daily through prayer, reading and writing. Where and when we engage God is essential to a vibrant walk with Christ. In Mathew 6:6, Jesus says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” Where is your go-to place? It will change your life.  

2. Go-To Passage. What sections of the Bible give you the greatest comfort and hope? What passage or verse is giving you direction and guidance, or reviving your soul? I am talking about a passage you keep returning to because it speaks to you and resonates with your heart. Job 17:9 has been my go-to verse for the past month: “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” A go-to passage can be the same for a week, a month, or a year. In Colossians 3:16, Paul encourages us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” What passage is doing that, giving you daily encouragement and nourishment? Find a go-to passage that energizes you.

3. Go-To Person. Who is your go-to person? Everybody needs at least one, someone you can call at any hour and know they will be available. Isolation is the Christ follower’s silent enemy; key relationships can stop the sin of isolation. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Solomon reminds us why we all need a go-to person: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Who is your go-to person? If you don’t have one, find one immediately! They can literally save you from disaster and sharpen you for greater impact. And most likely, you can do the same for them!

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever considered the idea of having a “go-to move,” whether in sports, your profession, or even areas of your personal life? If you have one – or more – what are they, and how do you use them?
  2. Can you think of situations at work in which having a go-to move would be beneficial? Do you know of someone, perhaps your boss or a coworker, who has demonstrated a go-to move they often utilize? If so, describe this individual and how they use this strategy.
  3. What do you think of the concept of having “go-to moves” to support or enhance your spiritual life, especially in applying it to your career?
  4. Which of the three suggested spiritual go-to moves seems most interesting to you: go-to place, go-to passage, or go-to person? Which of these, if any, do you already have? Explain your answer.

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:
Joshua 1:8-9; Psalm 119:9-11; Proverbs 27:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 10:24-25

Challenge for This Week

Having spiritual “go-to moves” can be a wonderful asset as we strive to live out our faith on a consistent, everyday basis in the workplace. This week consider whether you have any of the three that have been suggested – go-to place, go-to passage, and go-to person.
Think of ways they can become part of your daily times of Bible study, meditation, and prayer. Also, find someone – or more than one person – to whom you can become mutually accountable for implementing these into your lives.



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