Sunday, October 16, 2011

15 mistakes I made while working w/men: Mistake #8

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24, HCSB.

8 - Be an influencer – you don’t have to get the credit

            One of the joys of being a leader and a woman is that of knowing that we have been an influence. I have found it is more important that something happen than who gets credit for it. I have heard many women say that they have an idea and no one listened to them. Then, a few months pass and the pastor comes up with the same idea and he gets the credit for it. What difference does it make? Is it not God who gave the idea to begin with? I like the fact that I can be an influence in decisions and don’t have to get the credit for things. It is fun just to know that God is using us and our ideas.
            This same principle applies to those who serve with us. We need to give them the credit where credit is due. When we lift up others, it all comes back in return. We do not need to be concerned about who did or came up with what, but give all the glory to God and thank Him for allowing us to be involved in the process.
Excerpts from Women Leading Women: The Biblical Model for the Church, Chapter Six, Serving with Men, by Jaye Martin.