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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: Why Should I Wait ?
By Kathy Cartee


Chad was sitting on the front row of his home church, perhaps, no one noticed, but he was steaming mad.

He had been a Christian for three months. When Pastor Wilkes placed a request in the bulletin last Sunday for a worship leader, Chad was overjoyed. At long last there was an opening to lead the worship team. He loved music; it was as much a part of his life as the breath he breathed. He started playing and singing when he was only five years old. That was twenty years of experience. He could play any instrument they put in front of him.

He knew the Pastor asked for those that were a part of the church for at least a year to apply for the position, but surly, they did not mean him! There was not another person in the congregation with the talent and ability to lead music as well as he could. After all, he had his own Rock band before becoming a Christian. He gave up all of that to follow Jesus. Chad was sure Jesus opened this door just for him. He had a hard time believing Pastor Wilkes would give the leadership to anyone else.

When he approached the pastor before church services, Pastor Wilkes said, “Chad we appreciated your application for our opening as worship leader. However, you must wait this one out. We believe each person should become mature and stable in their personal relationship with Christ before they become a leader. You have only been a Christian a short time. We understand your disappointment, but your time will come.”

Chad took his seat on the front row as the pastor entered the pulpit to greet the people and make the morning announcements. He opened by thanking everyone that had applied for the worship leader’s position and announced they had chosen William Wright as the new worship leader. He invited William to come forward for the congregation to welcome him to their leadership group.

Everyone stood clapping their hands and welcoming William. Chad stood clapping with all the others. He had to admit if he could not be the worship leader, then William was the next best choice. William was his closest and dearest friend. William was the one who told Chad about salvation and brought him to church for the first time.

Chad was feeling a little guilty now.

He said, Lord. “Please forgive me. Bless William and anoint him to be the best worship leader this church has ever seen.”

Chad was remembering the scripture in Philippians 2: 3 – 4 which says;
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Chad was feeling better already. It was true, William did not have the same music ability that Chad processed, but he had the most important thing. He had the heart of a true worshipper of God. He could not play a single instrument, he had never written a song, however, when he opened his mouth to sing Chad was sure the angels in heaven joined his singing. He could take anyone into the presence of God with a simple chorus. With all the training and ability Chad processed he knew he had a long way to go before he was able to bring others into the presence of the Lord as well as William.

Chad said, “Jesus thank you for forgiving me. I was being prideful. I know William is not the next best choice, but the best one to lead our worship team. I thank you, Lord for the opportunity to learn from a dedicated Christian, like William.

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Lynne Gaunt03/22/05
I thought your story was a very good illustration of how we Christians can often react offended or resentful, but if we heed the guiding of the Holy Spirit, we can experience changed hearts filled with joy and acceptance. That's a very important message - thank you for sharing it.
Suzanne R03/23/05
What a lovely comment on the way churches should choose leadership - not based on ability but on God's giftings and direction. Oh, that we would do that more often, and have attitudes like that of Chad. Thanks.
Gloria Laroza T.03/24/05
Christian maturity of a leader is very important especially these days when we hear gruesome news about leaders abusing their power. Thank you for your reminder and for sharing. Keep on writing!
Delores Baber03/25/05
Thanks for sharing this story. Chad may have been a recent convert but he demostrated a lot of wisdom and humility in how he handled the decision. Hannah Whitehall Smith says events like these can make us "bitter or better." Thanks for letting us have a glinse into the heart of a young believer who was adready in the process of being conformed to the image of Christ.
Phyllis Inniss03/25/05
Thanks for this important reminder how we as Christians should behave when we are not chosen for the top spot. This was a touching piece indeed.
donna robinson03/25/05
I loved the story line. But I was a little confused when he started from being angry on the church steps, which means he had gotten the news already, and I was thinking if the part where the Pastor told hm the news, then he went outside to "cool off" and think would have made the flow more natural? I guess I wanted to see how the human nature did that short battle between being mad and being positive "shown" more. But other than that, a great little story to show how "self" needs to go "last" if we are to grow as christians.
Nancy Hardy03/30/05
Chad is now one step closer to becoming a leader for the Lord. Recognizing pride and accepting the Lord's will are two awesome lessons to have under your belt before stepping into the shoes of a church chieftain. Very enjoyable story/lesson. Nice work!! - Nancy