This title is abrasive to some. Brown nose was another expression used in yesteryear. Maybe not the proper word to use today. Getting on the right side of people is what we want to do. Some even go so far as to be a “yes” man. Anything to get ahead—that’s not me.
The truth is the truth, no matter the outcome. My dad would not bend to any one to get on their good side. For example, he was fired from a job because he told the boss he was wrong. Knowing my dad, I’m sure he was not polite when he expressed his opinion.
What do you think about cozying up to people to get your way? Are you for it or against it? It’s a matter of choice.
If you want immediate positive results, do it. If the long-range picture is your vision, be honest and express your view. It might be accepted, but then it may be rejected. Having what is best for the future in mind will earn you respect. It may take a while for it to develop. But, it will.
Then, there’s another thing to consider–your honesty. It may cost you dearly at this point in your life. But, in time, it will pay dividends. Maybe not monetarily, but in integrity.
The journey can be lonely. But there’s a side benefit. It is a clear conscience and a good night’s sleep that will deepen your trust in God! Knowing one day, you will stand before Jesus and give an account of your life. Hearing complimentary words from the One who knows your true motives—realizing that honesty and integrity matter to God. Joseph, in the Old Testament, is a good example. His brothers intended their actions towards Joseph for harm, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20).
The immediate results are not always the best. An oak tree can take years to grow to maturity, and then it can stand against the storms of life. Harvest time for Christians is not during this lifetime, but in the life to come.
Be careful about snuggling for immediate gain. It could result in wood, hay, or stubble in the end (I Corinthians 3:12).