I struggle with pride when I work with others.
Since my mind is constantly evaluating how to improve areas in any level of ministry in which I am even remotely involved, I often lack patience for long meetings with people deliberating over certain options. My prideful heart wants to inform people that I have a solution that is so grand that no one should even question my ideas.
I know, I have issues.
While I do not verbalize these thoughts, I can easily become frustrated in meetings that I view as time wasters and mentally disengage myself from others. Even if the improbable chance of my ideas always being the best were true, my attitude needs to be one of service and selflessness (Phil 2:3-5).
As of late, here’s what I am learning:
- I am not the smartest person I know.
- I am not the most creative person I know.
- I am not always right.
- I would be wise to listen to the ideas of others.
- I am not the best on the team.
If you are a D personality like me, begin this new year with the idea that you are not the best on the team. Celebrate the fact that it is the Body of Christ and it all doesn’t depend on you. Be humble enough to listen and follow others. Learn to delegate and trust people with the results. Even if it isn’t exactly how you would do it, celebrate that fact.
Your ministry and team work will go further faster and for longer if you realize that you are not the best on the team.