# 10 Beware of the Slide
Remember how you waited, prayed and believed God to place you in just the right ministry position? Then, the ministry contacted you, you interviewed, and eventually joined the team. Remember how excited you were when you first joined the staff? You almost couldn’t believe it was true…God had answered your prayers!
However, if we’re not careful, what was once enthusiasm can later become expectation. It’s strange how appreciation can turn to contempt over time; and privilege suddenly turns to entitlement. The longer we are around people, places or in this case, ministries, the more we must guard against taking an entitlement mentality. Familiarity does indeed breed contempt.
Consider the following as sign posts along the way. If we notice these tendencies, we are walking on a slippery slope that leads where none of us wish to go:
Disrespect for leaders. The longer we serve under one leader, the less likely we are to remain respectful and submissive. When you joined the ministry that leader was incredible, but after years of close proximity, it’s easy to see his flaws. Which makes it easier to lose respect.
Fiscal Irresponsibility. If we are not careful, in time we can begin to believe that the ministry owes us. We can begin to think that the salary we agreed to in the beginning, is somehow not equitable now. As a result, incremental slides towards balancing the scales can take place.
Abuse of power. Do we take out our frustration on those who do not have power over us? Do we treat those in ministry settings the same way we treat our supervisor? If not, we’re abusing our power.
Bending of Rules. Do we bend rules that we think are inconvenient, make no sense, or do not apply to us?
Whenever we notice one or more of these tendencies within ourselves, we have begun the slide that could easily lead us to the point of no return.