Coach Update

Area 19

A Word from Sara….

I love the spring time! This is when everything is coming back to life - a rebirth of plants and trees, a returning of birds and animals, and warmth. Oh, how I love the warmth!! Last week I looking at a field of gorgeous wild flowers all colorful and reaching for the sun. I thought, "that is how I want to flourish. I want to be vibrant and in my element. I want people to see the Creator when they see me reaching towards the Son." At that moment it hit me - that is what our theme is about! Bursting forth with a new vibrancy, noticing the good around us, finding rest so we can continue to grow and flourish, and celebrating what we have and whose we are.

Google defines flourish as " grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way…" I love the word vigorous - it is not a slow growth but a bursting forth that requires strength and energy. We see this in nature every spring. But now is also a time for spring in our spirits - time to be fed from our roots - from the Spirit within - and burst out in vibrancy that makes the world take notice of the Creator.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92:12-15

A word from Mel...

Last week was rough. I had a bad sinus infection, no voice or energy and far too many things on my calendar. Been there? I’ll admit my first thought was “I don’t’ have time for this, ” but honestly, who does? Those are the moments I am most surprised by God’s goodness. Seems silly to be surprised when you ask others to pray and they do. I never would have imagined there would be people in Tennessee who would care if I were sick or not but then they show up with kind gestures to show me God has not forgotten me. I learned another lesson about pride. I have been teaching a class at church and last week I really had no voice or strength to do it. However, my pride tried to convince me because I was the leader I had an obligation to be there and lead. I got a message from a friend volunteering to cover for me but I struggled with letting her. I wrestled with it most of the day, reasoning back and forth about being able to do it. After all, I am leader, I can do it all. Ha! The wise part of me won out and I let go of my pride and asked for help. Why is that so difficult? As I thought this through I realized as leaders we set expectations for ourselves that are often too high. They are not expectations others have for us, they are our own and when we don’t measure up, they destroy our perception of whether or not we are good leaders. That my friend is the enemy, not God. I was reminded of Psalm 139 and how I, we, are uniquely crafted by God himself, created for HIS purposes with the promise of a hope and future. That is amazing! God’s goodness and faithfulness should never be a surprise to us because he loves us!

So how are YOU? Are you trying to be and do everything in your role as MVS on your own? Do you need to cut yourself some slack? It’s ok, you can! Evaluate and prioritize commitments in your life. Are you investing in what matters most? Remember, God cares more about who you are with him than what you do for him. I’m praying you recognize that and KNOW how loved you are by God and how valuable you are to him.

You are a masterpiece and an amazing leader!