Maybe people just don’t talk about their smart decisions. Or, possibly, some situations are just too embarrassing to share with others. Potentially, we just don’t want to tarnish another person’s reputation. Or, realistically, these decisions are so rare, that there are too few stories to tell.
The story. Joe worked for company executive. He had access to the office, the cars, the private vacation homes, and the pool. He even had access to the man’s personal home. Nothing was off limits. He was the most trusted employee. Unfortunately, Joe was buff and handsome; he was an attractive man. And Mrs. Executive noticed.
On a regular basis, the executive’s wife made advances toward Joe, but he ignored them as if he was naïve to her intentions. But, if she were anything, she was persistent. Finally, she aggressively sought Joe out, explicitly seeking his attention. She was insistent that he have an affair with her. He ran.
Later, in an explanation of the event, he said, “How could I sin against my employer?” He considered it wrong to interfere with the man’s relationship. Joe was a man of character, never willing to exploit a situation for personal gain. He also added, “And sin against God.” Joe was a believer…and a follower. He chose to honor God.
Too few people flee. Opportunity knocks (or they make believe it has) and they jump right into the fire. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what’s common. What we need is some uncommon men and women like Joe.