These last few months I have been interning for the Young Adult Ministry of Red Rocks Church. My time here has been so sweet and so much different than I was anticipating. I have learned about video production, pastoring young adults, and what it means to walk according to the call that has been placed on my life.
But more than anything, I have learned the importance of surrounding yourself with an amazing team. Good leaders surround themselves with good people. Less important than feeling connected and feeling like you belong, is actually being pushed towards Jesus.
This team has challenged me more than I anticipated. By being honest about their shortcomings, they have prompted me to do the same. But more challenging than that, is being surrounded by people who are really good at what they do. This team is so comfortable in the talents that God has given them that they run so confidently to work tirelessly to grow His Kingdom.
I don't mean challenging in the fact that I'm threatened, but in the way that I am pushed to become better. I have so much to learn to be anywhere near their level. And, even then, as they make it so clear to me, it's not about being on a level but making Jesus famous.
So what I want to challenge you with today is asking yourself three questions:
1. Am I growing in my talents to make Jesus known?
2. Are the people around me pushing me to do my best for God?
3. Am I pushing people to take risks, use their talents, and live missionally?
I hope to take these lessons learned with me far beyond this internship. God has taught me to value my talents and seek to improve them. He has revealed to me the importance of an incredible team. And I hope that God continues to introduce me to more people seeking Him and the growth of His Kingdom with all of their heart, mind, soul and talents.