If you know me, you know I have a love for Superheroes. Maybe it’s because I'm a mom of boys, but whatever the reason I love The X men, The Justice League and The Avengers. Maybe it has to do with my love of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Even with all their "power", they are still just men & women. Flawed people, with a past that has led them down a path to the moment of transformation. My all-time favorites are The Avengers... The reasons are too vast to get into for one post, but what I admire the most is that this vastly different group brings their gifts and abilities together, and they form into a team. At moments, it’s reluctantly so... but a dynamic team they do form. They are Super heroes all on their own, but together something unstoppable happens. From anger and fear to courage and hope, they each bring a part of who they are to accomplish a joint task.
“From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16 NIV
Life that has shaped us into who we are has also asked us to live out our unique callings. This is especially important because someone else’s story may depend on your obedience to your call. At home, my husband, my kids & I make a great team. For example, whenever the house gets a bit messy and it’s time to clean up, my husband or I will call for a “Team Bates”. Well, the kids have learned what that means…we work swiftly and together, and we don’t stop until our job is done. In this small way, our kids have learned that they are a part of a team in our family. But, more important than this team, our kids are in training to leave and to become a part of a different adventure.
In their own lives later, they will be able to back and remember hardship, remember love and remember who they are, and how being part of a team can help with the world’s challenges. They will need to remember the team they were a part of and they will need to remember who they are…Even more important, they will need to remember Who’s they are. When our kids are grown, remembering that they are a child of God, that they are on His team, will be paramount. They will need to remember that they cannot succeed in only their own power, but that they also are a part of a team that has God’s Power.
I also belong to an elite team of believing women who I get to work with. We are focused on the same task and we love and support one another. As a team, we are different in our own strengths, but we know we are called to be shoulder to shoulder with one another on the battlefield of ministry. This is an awesome blessing. We are each so different, but what God has in place is unstoppable.
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
We are more than Children’s Ministry workers. We are blessed to be part of preparing young hearts for transformation. We are blessed to help in preparing families to grab ahold of God’s promises for them. And we are blessed to call these families to action. We are preparing the future ministers of the Kingdom of God. Through our different personalities, our love, and our transparency, even in just these weekly writings, we hope you hear our hearts. We desire to stir up your hearts, to challenge you as families, as parents, friends and coworkers. Our church is large, but you are all an important brick in the foundation we are built on.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 NIV
Don’t let February be the month where you realize those resolutions are not going to happen. Make every day an opportunity to be more. Take a look at those people God has placed you near. Who are you in the trenches with? Just like The Avengers, you are awesome on your own, uniquely designed by God… but think of what you can do with the people surrounding you. The battle isn’t impossible. What are you working towards? Where is your common good? Look at your family & place of work… think of the unstoppable team it can be. No, not everyone gets to work with the dynamic and different women that I get to, but recognize that we each have our own testimony of how we got to our current place. Help find your common passion, your strength and your weakness and your humility together. We are made to encourage one another and where someone falls short, another is sure to excel.
Maybe you struggle with anger, Hulk;
Maybe you are on a path for justice, Thor;
Maybe you are finally in a position to do good, Captain America;
Maybe your lack of humility has brought you to a place where if you don’t daily put on the armor of God you can’t get through the day, Iron Man.
God has someone who compliments your strengths and your weaknesses. If you are connecting with God and His people in worship, Growing together in God’s Word through Life Groups, and Sharing Christ with your Words, Service and Resources, YOU are a part of this strong, unstoppable team. There are people all around you also rushing in and out of life. Volunteer, or simply stop rushing, and really talk to someone next to you at church… the next thing you know, they could be a key member of your team.
“Two are better than one, for they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4: 10-12
Let’s do life together.