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Don’t rush your apprenticeship

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My assignment right now involves flying between the US and the UK on a regular basis to pastor churches on both sides of the Atlantic. Estrella and I couldn’t do it without the awesome team of gifted people that God has placed around us.

In building a team to accomplish a mission like ours, we have learnt that the caliber of every member is vital. So many teams are hampered and ineffective because they have to slow to the pace of the weakest member. To play at a higher level, each member must commit to lifting his or her game.

Since the 1400s, studies have shown that it takes at least 10,000hrs or 10 years of practicing something before a person can perfect their craft and achieve mastery. That’s why a premature graduation usually proves counter-productive. No wonder an excellent apprenticeship was designed to last at least 7 years.

Any person who asks for privilege before they make a commensurate contribution lacks balance and is usually susceptible to resentment and self pity.

Excellent team players are those who submit their individual agendas and preferences to those of the team as a whole. If a person doesn’t understand that the TEAM is always more important than they are, that person should have no place on your team; since however personally brilliant an individual they are, if they are not a team player, they are automatically a liability to your purpose and the corporate objective.

An individual who is always drawing attention to themselves is not a team player. The team should always be bigger than one individual. Sometimes, as a team member,  you can get confused about your own individual brilliance because you are blind to other people’s contribution which actually puts you in a better light.

You are much more likely to accomplish great things with a team of ordinary people who are of one mind than with brilliant individuals who keep pulling in different directions.

In the world system, people just agree to disagree but in the Kingdom of God, we YIELD. The greatest liberty you will ever know will come from YIELDING.

How a person responds to the correction of their leader is a better indicator of how far and high they are likely to go in life, than their gift or their seeming potential.

One of the most challenging and yet fulfilling things you can do in life is to be part of a team on a mission!

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3 Comments on Don’t rush your apprenticeship

  1. Reblogged this on Love, Life, and Relationships: Overcoming Emotional and Child Sexual Abuse and commented:
    If you are a part of a team and you realize that you are compelled to do individual work, not to the sabatoge of another but the greater purpose in you, it may be time to step out.

  2. Mary Thomas // March 27, 2013 at 7:18 am // Reply

    Great word, great insight!!

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