A few days ago, I wrote about embracing your role on the project (or team). I think a lot of people wrestle with their “place”; it has certainly been a difficult journey for me.
Several years ago, the leader of our organization praised me for being his “Swiss Army Knife”…saying that I was the best utility player on the team. Other people would have been honored at the title, but I bristled over it. My immaturity interpreted his comment as calling me a “back-up player”.
In some small part, that is true. It meant that there will always be a better player at every position on the team. It means that I am rarely the point leader and never the star. It means that I regularly serve in multiple positions until a better player joins the team…and then I am back “on the bench”.
Fortunately, I have grown up and learned to embrace my unique God-given design and role on the team. Whenever I start to privately complain…God reminds me that I could be a star player if I were willing to move down to a lessor league of play – and that is enough to rebuke me and correct my thinking. I could never be satisfied on a less challenging team.
I would rather be a utility player in the Major Leagues than a superstar in the Minor Leagues. How about you?
Thanks for listening.