The breakthrough

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. Proverbs 9:9

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 15:31

Mark stood up to hug Ruth.  They, along with Samuel, had talked for nearly 2 hours.

“So, you’re going to talk to Sarah tonight, right?” Ruth asked.

“Yes I am,” Mark replied.

“Good,” she said. Ruth placed her hands on Mark’s shoulders, smiled and nodded her head in approval.

“I’ll see you tomorrow, boss,” she said before collecting her things and leaving.

Samuel was still sitting. He’d re-commenced spinning his beer bottle.  He was looking up at Mark, waiting on Mark to say something.

“Well, I didn’t see that coming,” Mark said, letting out a small laugh.  “You could have said something, Sam.”

“We had no choice,” Samuel replied.  “You wouldn’t have done it otherwise.”

“Yes, I would have,” Mark said.

“Really?” Samuel said, raising his arm and pointing at “Old George.”  “You honestly think you would have stayed?”

Mark inhaled as to respond but no words came out.  He just stood there staring at the painting again, only this time he was on the other side of a conversation he’d successfully avoided for a long time.

“You honestly think you would have stayed?” Samuel repeated.

“No,” Mark said somberly. “No, I wouldn’t have.”

Samuel nodded his head and smiled, feeling this was the breakthrough Mark needed to begin putting his marriage back together.  Samuel remembers when Mark and Sarah were the happiest couple he knew.  While Samuel loved owning a business with Mark, it pained him to see his friend suffer, and at the same time, do nothing about it.

Today he felt rejoiced.  Today, he felt like he’d truly earned his keep as a business partner, and the funniest thing about that is the cause had nothing to do with the bank but everything to do with the business.


As was discussed in “The Talk,” it is impossible to separate your personal and professional lives, as your life is a whole.  Marital issues, debt or whatever the problem, it knows no boundaries.  Leaders must get to know their team members well enough so they can recognize when a member is suffering and then lend a helping hand.  As you just read, while fiction, this is real life in the business place. 

Could you do what Ruth and Samuel did?

Mark showed, while stubborn, he is a righteous man, as Proverbs 9:9 mentions.  At the same time, he’s served himself well by surrounding himself with wise people like Samuel and Ruth, as Proverbs 15:31 says.

Did you take any lessons away from this?



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