I am not a good cook but I can usually bake sweets. “Why cook when I can eat brownies for dinner?” has always been my philosophy. That philosophy doesn’t work so well with hubby and my boys.
I am also our women’s director at my church and that requires a lot of entertaining. I am great with the whole dessert and coffee scene. This past week, while gearing up for bible study I had our first impression team over for none other than: dessert and coffee. I thought I would branch out and try a fruit pizza, I mean, who can mess up a fruit pizza? Well, me. I decided that I wanted a thicker crust so instead of the recommended one sugar cookie dough package I used two. I squished that dough all over my perfectly seasoned baking stone. Soon I noticed a smell and eventually I saw smoke. My desired thick crust was now seeping over the sides of my baking stone and on fire at the bottom of my oven. I welcomed my first impression team with all my windows and doors open!
One of my girls walked in and said, “I was worried I wouldn’t know which house was yours but then I saw all the doors and windows open with smoke and I knew I had the right house.”
My reputation precedes me.
In ministry we can often see all the things that we aren’t good at and use that as an excuse to stop ministering. I can’t cook, I can’t teach, I can’t . . . . instead of using those things to work together as the body. I can’t cook but one of my friends can and another organizes the whole set up when she arrives . . . . drinks on one side – desserts together . . . you get the picture.
Instead of letting what we aren’t good at stop us, it is time to do what healthy leaders do—delegate, enlist and involve others. Others can shine where we cannot. Let them.
“For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.” Romans 12:3-5
Published November 13, 2014