Strength lies in numbers. The more members in a group, the more manpower and resources. Well… Maybe. That truly depends on the kids of members in the group. Most groups operate on an 80/20 rule: 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. There are leaders, participants, and “bench-warmers.” What if, we could turn all that around?
- What if individuals chose to overuse their gifts in whichever groups they participate?
- What if each person desired to serve others, rather than be served?
- What if when one member experienced pain (physical, emotional, spiritual), ALL other members felt the pain and offered to nurture and help the wounded?
You won’t always agree with every person on every point in every group. Groups tend to form around some common interest but each individual brings a unique point of view. Groups can be as few as two or three or as many as thousands. I’ve participated in moms’ groups, church groups, military spouse groups, homeschool groups, and Facebook groups. I have NOT always taken my own advice as listed above. I have been a bench warmer and I’ve been a controlling leader. I’ve been selfish and easily frustrated by the actions of others. I’ve been rigid about letting others into “my” groups. I am still learning.
Last night, we hosted the youth devo in our home, adding 20 extra people to our living room. I enjoy being a hostess and filling my house with praise and worship (besides just my own voice). I spent Saturday cleaning and Sunday afternoon preparing food. I took the time to speak to a few of the kids individually, to encourage them (one of my gifts) to use their gifts – or to keep developing the gifts they’ve discovered.
In whatever group(s) you participate, consider changing your perspective. Rather that “what do I get out of this?” ask “how much can I pour into this?
You just might be surprised by the results.