Taking The High Road – even when it is so difficult

The Cambridge Dictionary defines “taking the high road” as “to behave in a moral way when other people are not behaving morally”.

In the workplace, in our interactions with colleagues, subordinates and superiors, we often encounter scenarios and dealings that challenge our view of the world.

Perhaps it could be as simple as dealing with difficult choices of language. We are challenged on how to behave and respond with honesty and integrity, without feeling like we’re being swept aside.

We feel weak and helpless perhaps, if we don’t speak up. Nevertheless, if we do, we fear reprisals. We fear being ostracised.

We can take heart, for we are not alone.

When Jesus spoke with Caiaphas in Matthew 26, he took the high road.

When King Saul was trying to kill him (1 Samuel 24 & 26), David took the high road.

Taking the high road in our day-to-day work lives means doing all we can to stick to our levels of integrity even when others don’t.

We know that our emotions sometimes lead us to say or do things that we end up regretting.

The book of Proverbs gives us many words of wisdom. For those of us who are struggling daily, let us use Proverbs as an encouragement and a guide.

For those who are able to navigate the struggles of these trials courageously, for those who are able to hold their tongues, and to forgive when mistreated, God has a bigger and better plan.

Deacon Theodore Lai