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Daily Devotion

by Danelle Buelsing

When I was in college, part of the required curriculum was a course on management.  I was looking forward to being an occupational therapist, but I didn’t see why I needed to take that required course.  I was never going to be a manager.  I just wasn’t that type of person.  What I didn’t understand then is that leadership isn’t just a career decision; it’s a part of life, community, and service.

Years later, I was asked to be a leader in the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program that was starting up at Good Shepherd.  I replied that I really wasn’t a leader.  Someone else would do a better job.  Nevertheless, I was assured that the team would help me.  With more than a small amount of trepidation, I agreed to do it.  Especially at the beginning, I had a lot to learn.  I wasn’t a natural leader.  I didn’t know how to keep a group of people on task, or to keep a meeting moving forward.  With time and help from our mentors, I improved.  Being in MOPS leadership ended up being a very positive experience.  I felt privileged to be involved so tightly in an organization that had come to mean so much to me.

Since then, I have served in various leadership roles at Good Shepherd, such as in the Renewal program, Sunday School, women’s retreats, and Walk, Talk and Pray.  I wouldn’t say that leading is a gift of mine, but I can do it – especially when it is something that I am passionate about.  I often remember a phrase that I heard years ago:  “God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.”  Thankfully, it’s true.

Sometimes God presents us with service opportunities that are a natural fit.  They make use of our gifts and experiences and we walk into them easily.  Other times, it takes a little more work.  Perhaps we have to learn a new skill, or overcome a fear.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that we aren’t right for the job.  It might just mean that God has plans to help us grow as He uses our gifts.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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