Hilarity - Do Everything
by Diana Black
Philippians 2:14-15 says, "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure . . ."
I have been a Christian all my life, but it recently occurred to me that maybe - just maybe - I have misunderstood this passage! My speech and actions seemed to indicate my interpretation to be "Diana, I want you to do everything - and don't whine about it!" As a busy pastor's wife who also has a full-time job, I had been wearing myself out trying to do everything.
Then something happened that caused me to re-think that philosophy and seek another interpretation to this verse: In my workplace, I was promoted to a higher position, which demanded many more hours and didn't leave enough time to do everything at the church. In order to survive, I had to come up with a plan.
After prayer, I had a revelation. How about (Drum roll, please) delegation?! It started coming to me, "I can ask this person to be the nursery coordinator and that person to organize the Kids Church supplies, and . . ." In mid-delegation process, I said aloud, "Why haven't I done this before?!"
There were several reasons - really great, logical reasons - why I hadn't delegated much up to this point. For one thing, no one else can do everything quite like I can. Really great, logical reason #2: We are a small church, and most of our people are already involved in ministry. I didn't want to overwork someone else. Really great, logical reason #3: What if someone did something differently than I wanted it done? Hmmmm . . .
I suspect that it's not only pastors' wives who are guilty of this kind of faulty thinking. Maybe there is a Girls Ministries leader who is trying to carry the entire ministry alone.
What's wrong with that? Glad you asked!
- It's unscriptural. First Corinthians 12:14 says, "The body is not made up of one part but of many." You are only part of the body and were never intended to do everything yourself.
- You may have gifted leaders in your midst just waiting for you to offer them an opportunity to minister. By not allowing them to use their gifts to full potential, you may be stifling their creativity and actually causing them to become discouraged.
- (Hang on. This one's a shocker!) Someone else might actually be able to do something better than you wanted it done! (I know . . . hard to believe, huh?)
Now, read Philippians 2:14-16, "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain."
I hope it has taken on new meaning for you, as it has for me!
Bio: Diana Black is married to Pastor Walt and is mom to Chelsea, a junior at Vanguard University. She LOVES kids and coordinating Girls Ministries at New Beginnings.