Learning to put others first takes practice. Parenting definitely helps the process. No longer can you wake when you want to. You eat last. You even shower between naps. Getting a pedicure- well, that just won’t happen.
Now I’m in the empty-nester stage, but I still need to practice putting others first. It starts at home and continues to the office and the church. It’s a habit to be developed. It’s allowing someone to go first in the grocery store line. It’s taking the Christmas eve service worship leading when nobody else will. It’s allowing a less- developed musician go ahead and play when you might enjoy playing yourself.
Worship leading is not my platform to show off my skill.
“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Philippians 2:2 The Message Bible
I’m trying to help somebody else find their place of service and grow in their skill alongside me. You won’t forever be the youngest coolest or freshest. So my advice is to help somebody else grow alongside you.
Here are 3 practical mentoring tips for teams:
- In what practical way can I put others first in my daily life and ministry?
- Who am I mentoring and by whom am I being mentored?
- Am I allowing God to promote me while I help others?