As taught in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we need to balance courage with consideration. This post is about a time when I should have had a little more consideration towards a person I loved and worked closely with.
I had a mission companion in my second area. He was a very talented missionary and was great to get along with. His weakness was mornings. He had a very hard time getting up in the morning. The mission rules were to be up by 6:30 to shower and have breakfast and be ready to have have companionship study by 7:30, and after that, personal study and language study. I didn't have a problem waking up at 6:30. He asked if we could rearrange our morning schedule so that we had personal study first and companionship study last so he didn't feel so bad when he slept in. In my self righteousness I said no, and I always regretted that. It would have been so easy for me to accommodate a change in schedule that would have hurt nobody, and benefited my companion.
About a month after we were transferred out of the area, our mission president clarified that you don't have to do the morning schedule in the prescribed order. I'm sure this made my companion feel better about the situation, and I realized I was too much of a stickler on the rule book rather than focusing on the principle behind what I understood to be the rule.
Since this time, I've had many opportunities to put this lesson to use in accommodating others. After all, don't I depend on others to accommodate me in my weaknesses all the time?
Comment below about a time you were considerate of other's weaknesses, or someone went easy on your weakness.