By Tom Carter, Associate Pastor
This post is dedicated to the mission team from FBC Garland.
When I was a kid, Saturday mornings meant being lazy and watching cartoons until lunch time. After lunch, the TV (yes only one TV) would get switched over to PBS for some cooking and how-to shows. This was the routine for many years in our home as I was growing up. And as I matured, making and fixing became a big part of who I am. What’s interesting though, is that every time I learn a new skill or work on a new project, it occurs to me how much more there is to learn.
Now, those old shows on PBS taught me a lot about how to build and fix things, but it was only 30 minutes at a time and there was no rewinding, you either got it or you didn’t. Fast forward to today, and although how-to shows are still popular and fun, they have a very different tone than they used to. Most of these programs now focus on the emotional and financial aspects of the job rather that the bare-knuckled reality of doing the work.
So, most folks who want to learn how to tackle a new project these days can make a quick YouTube search and find a tutorial on how its done. This is great, because it can be replayed over and over again or paused and restarted at will. So, with new tools and a how-to video on their device, many a zealous person begins an ill-fated project every day. But how, if one has all the tools and info needed, can they fail?
This past weekend we hosted a mission team from Garland Texas. The group was here to assist our congregation with a variety of projects around the property. Between our people and the mission team, we had a total of around forty people working in different sized groups, performing all sorts of tasks. It was amazing to watch each group quickly work through what needed to be done and how they would do it.
In some groups there was a clear leader, while others worked through their plans cooperatively. As I observed each group, I could see how the unique personality and skillset of each individual worked to bring about success for the whole. There was a lot more involved in accomplishing the tasks than tools and instructions. Out of struggles, conflicting ideas, and mistakes emerged solid work that accomplished each job.
In the end, what any one person knew how to do, or could do was not as important as the cooperative effort that took place. And unlike those of us who might struggle to follow a YouTube video to success, I saw groups of people accomplishing jobs they had never attempted before. It is amazing how God brings people of various backgrounds together to accomplish a work that they could never complete on their own.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 reads 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.