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Attack Your Weakness
Recently, I came across an article by a personal trainer about attacking your weakness. He was talking about focusing on an area of your body that is your weakest area. If your belly is your biggest problem, focus on ab exercises; if your legs are scrawny, do squats until you are blue in the face; you get the idea.
Then I found a second article that talked about focusing on your eating before focusing on exercise because most people are so weak and lacking self-control regarding their diet that until that is strengthened, the rest is moot. Two different guys: same theme.
I think the motto “attack your weakness” could apply to just about anything. Even to running a children’s ministry.
What is your weakness? What area of your department is the weakest? Is it recruiting? Is it getting your teachers to prepare? Is it keeping kids’ attention? Is it making it fun? Is it presenting the Bible lesson strongly? Is it pulling theme days together without losing your mind? Are you wishing you had more drama or puppets available?
What is it?
Think about it…
It doesn’t help if you aren’t honest. Face the weakness, even if it is painful. Even if it makes you feel weak. Just name it. Grab a small notebook and write it down. Really.
I’m not kidding. Write it down.
Now, what would counter balance that weakness? It’s easy if we are talking about a weak muscle – strengthen it. Or if we are talking about an unruly child – discipline it. Or if we are talking about an unbalanced diet – eat more veggies!
So, look at your weakness as squarely in the eye as you can.
What would be the counter attack?
Whatever it is, there is a glut of information to help you if you just take a little time to look. Or perhaps you will need to ask some questions.
Look it up.
Ask the questions.
Attack the weakness.
Are you super organized but not really flexible? Get a super creative sidekick and listen to them!!! Are you super creative but not really organized? Do the opposite – and listen to them!!! Those of us who are more creative are quite annoying to the crazy organized crew and vice versa. We need to strengthen our area of weakness! The really organized teachers get a lot of fact prepared, but oftentimes the kids are B-O-R-E-D! Get some help. Don’t worry that the kids respond to the crazy lady in the purple wig. They need both parts. Be strong in both areas. It may take a few of you to do it – DO IT!!!
It may sound like I am over simplifying this, but I am not. It really is that simple. The hard part is not being intimidated by someone who is really strong where you are weak. Chances are you are the strength to their weakness, too.
I was beyond excited the first year I decided to do a big Children’s Crusade. God gave me the entire idea. I wrote the plan, the scripts, the ideas, the everything. I hunted down the music and the props and the character costumes. But I needed help. Three ladies offered to help me. Here is the scary part – they were all three super organizers!!! Wow did they keep me on my toes. We had a blast and went out after the final service to seriously celebrate.
While we were celebrating they made this comment: “Miss Pat, do you realize God had to send three organizers to handle you?” I wasn’t quite sure how to take that! I was embarrassed. I was humbled. And then I was thrilled! That is how weak I was in organization and He filled it to overflowing. (BTW, Thank you Mary, Chris and Alison!)
Attack your weakness. Find the training or products you need. Ask the questions. Right away. Don’t wait!! Ask me … I’ll help steer you to stuff that will help you.
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