Because of the all-encompassing nature of my son’s OCD diagnosis and treatment, I’ve had to step away from some ministry roles within the last month.
There is no denying it – I’m sad about this.
And more than once I’ve found myself questioning whether or not I made the right decision to step away, because of the sadness and disappointment I feel.
“If I’d done what God really wanted me to do, wouldn’t I not be feeling sad?”
“Maybe the disappointment and sadness is telling me I made the wrong choice.”
But God put this verse in my mind this morning:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
~ John 14:1
God kindly paraphrased this in my mind, for my situation:
Just because you’re following Me doesn’t mean you’re immune to negative feelings. Don’t be swayed by them.
Because at the end of the day, I DO feel like the decisions I made were the right ones. And feeling sadness and disappointment about it is normal, I suppose – they were ministries I loved and felt passionate about (I still do!)
But to say that those feelings mean that I didn’t make the right decision is the wrong conclusion. And probably a lie from Satan meant to detract me from what it is God wants me doing right now.
Which is to minister to my family. To my son. To attend to what needs doing at home.
I am an introvert. It is natural for me to want to be alone, a lot. I’m sure there are others like me around, but I don’t know anyone else who enjoys being alone as much as me. Ha!
I do work with others quite a bit in the ministries I’m involved in. And don’t get me wrong, I totally enjoy it. But sometimes due to my nature, I tend to get on a streak of being alone, planning alone, thinking alone, analyzing alone, and carrying burdens alone.
Today my MOPS teammates and I worked together on a Facebook party for our MOPS communities and it was like a lightbulb turned on for me. Time alone and working alone can be good for me – but I can also tend to isolate myself too much.
I saw so many positives in the collaboration and teamwork we had today. It is a great reminder (and probably a much needed one) that God has called us in most circumstances to partner with others in our work for Him.
Maybe you also need a nudge to be less isolated or to accept more opportunities to work alongside others?
I know the following list is probably not really new to you – and not to me, either. But today was just such a good example of these benefits of teamwork that I can’t help but share. I don’t want to forget, and in case YOU need a reminder – here is the “power of team” that I saw today:
- We can encourage one another to step outside of our self-imposed comfort zones.
- Our ideas and effort, put together, have synergy – meaning that the result is more than each of us could have accomplished alone.
- We can step in for each other’s weaknesses.
- Working together can ignite a spark of motivation and energy in a teammate who needs it.
- We can learn from each other.
- We can learn about each other, and about ourselves. Learning more about our teammates draws us closer together.
- Working alongside one another gives us opportunities to provide more personal support and encouragement to each other.
- We share the burden of the work.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 – Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. (New Living Translation)