My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
When a new employee joins the team, I like to forward them blogs, articles, and organization websites that person may learn from and enjoy. If that new employee is new to the industry or that type of role, a forwarded blog can be a great way to anchor their learning and perhaps increase their knowledge beyond what a supervisor can teach them.
I recently ran into a free online program that would be great for new fundraising employees that is also new to the nonprofit sector. The advantages of the program being free and easy for me to deploy to the employee makes the decision easy, I wanted to go through the program myself before I hired again. The philosophy of fundraising could vastly impact a person, their perception of the role, the organization, and ultimately, the sector. It’s wise to vet what new employees may see, hear, and eventually take to heart.
The Bible instructs us to be careful about not only that we wisely assess what we pass along to others, but also what we take in ourselves. Does what comes into your inbox bring love and the treasures of wisdom and knowledge? More practically, whose voice or blog do you listen to when you are problem solving or pursuing the latest best practices? Do they bring you closer to Jesus or sound like hood advice far from biblical standards?
Further in the chapter of Colossians 2, verses 6-8 expands on the instruction:
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
Keep focused on Christ and what comes from that will build you up, and those around you: whether they are new employees or not.
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Reminds me of Proverbs 13:20. =) Close friends/influences make a huge difference in life!