I spent a decade of my life in camp and youth ministry. Camp is an intense and fast-paced environment that can often be a catalyst to personal and professional growth. I can look back on every summer and see something extraordinary that God worked out in my life.
At the end of one of my last summers, one particular staffer made a comment on his end of summer evaluation that has greatly impacted me professionally and personally. He wrote, “When it comes to staff relationships I realize that I am the least common denominator.” As a 20-year-old, he understood the importance of being self-aware.
Leaders reading this fall into one of two categories: (1) the senior leader, (2) everybody else. Regardless of category it is crucial for you to be self-aware. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What are your strengths? For me I know that I am a strategy and systems guy. I enjoy seeing the desired future and setting up a path to get there. I love problem solving when things go wrong. I thrive on execution of tasks and accomplishing goals.
What are your weaknesses? I know I can get caught in the details and systems of a task. You can guarantee I will execute the plan, but I often miss the people around me. I have to set reminders and email myself to make sure I check in on those around me. I make a habit in every call or conversation to see how someone is doing before we get to the task at hand.
What are your blindspots? These are the things you don’t know. I have found that this takes…
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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