😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. Change, change, and more change. Those words very well describe my work environment. By choice, I moved to a new team in which of the three Specialists, only one (myself) have Specialist experience. When I started in this position 20 months ago, I was told that it takes five years to feel comfortable in this job. Well, I still have over three years to get comfortable. It is a high volume, mentally draining job. Taking time to train new co-workers will very much slow the process for a season, but a good investment of time and training in the beginning will produce a great harvest in time. I know it will be a great challenge for all three of us Specialists, but one thing I am very thankful for is that this team has something that can’t be taught…a willing attitude, eagerness to learn, and WORK ETHIC. We don’t just have bodies filling a chair. We have workers that are willing to get their hands dirty. In the past two weeks, I’ve thanked God multiple times for bringing our team together to tackle the modernization conversion.
Reflecting on what a breath of fresh air it is to have such a willing team and how positive I feel about our future, I began to think about the attitude, eagerness, and work ethic we as Christians bring to the JV team every day. (I guess I should explain why I call us the JV team. Many years ago, a co high school youth leader said the Disciples were the Varsity team and we are the Junior Varsity team.) We are all at different levels of willingness to learn, act, and teach. Some work harder trying to get out of doing work for the Lord than it would be to just do His work. Some people will kind of pick at it like cold vegetables on a plate. Some people will jump in when they have some time to fill or just nothing more exciting to do. Some will be purposeful about committing a set amount of time to serve the Lord. And others act every time He whispers in their ear. On any given day, I would say the majority of us are a combination, depending on the time, day, who we are with, and maybe even the weather. If given the choice, I think God would choose a willing spirit, eager to learn and act over a know it all spirit that keeps their knowledge to themselves, unwilling to share what the Lord blessed them with. Even if we don’t say the perfect words and it sounds like gibberish coming out of our mouth, the Lord will smile and be pleased with your willingness to step out of your comfort zone and be bold in Him. Seeking and searching for a better, deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him brightens His days and fills you with a power and desire that’s hard to describe and contain. The more you seek Him, the more you want to share Him, the more you will act for Him, the greater His team will grow and flourish. You’ll know when you’re acting in the proper attitude and spirit for Him when anything/everything you do brings with it joy and not a sense of work, desire and not a sense of obligation, peace and not a feeling of being overwhelmed. Do you act with joy, desire, and peace or are your actions more like work, obligation, and a sense of being overwhelmed? You might as well be honest with yourself. He already knows the real answer. Compared to where you are today, where do you want to be? Are you willing to change your spirit to get to where you want to be? No one can change it but you. Blaming this, that, and the other thing won’t get you anywhere. He has already placed the desire in you to act, so what are you going to do about it? He’s calling you this very moment. Listen to Him. Don’t just be a body filling a pew. What did He just say to you? Get up and act. Bless others and be blessed.
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