Lent Day 34

If we want something done right then we have to do it ourselves.  That’s how it works right?  I used to believe this to my core and the fruit of it was isolation, frustration and burnout.  Behind this lie lies pride.  The best definition on pride is from a book I read a number of years ago, “Pride is believing we are God.”  At  the core of this lie is not really believing that God is in control.  Since we don’t believe that we have to control every situation that we are in.  I remember the huge surprise that came when I started inviting others into projects and ministry.  I began to realize that they were much better than me at many things and our working together produced a greater outcome than me controlling every situation.

When I was a director for a non-profit we had a big task of raising our budget each year.  One of the best things I got to be a part of was gathering a lot of people together to pull off our annual fund-raising event.  We assembled a team of people who had very different gifts and methodically worked at a reasonable pace for four months to plan a quality event.  The result: I got to use my gifts and they got to use their gifts to further the Kindgom of God.  I remember paving a party after our first event and looking around the room at twentyother people saying, “We took this hill together.”   I would have missed out on so much if I would have tried to do everything myself.  Jesus was a great teacher of the power of doing things with others.  He, if anyone, had the ability to do everything better but chose to invite others into the process.  The result is that 2000 years later his mission is still going strong.  I am grateful for His model of how to do life with others.

Lie:  If I want something done right I have to do it myself

Truth:  Life is so much more enjoyable doing it with others

“When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles” (Luke 6:13)

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