There’s Always a First Time for Everything

I’m sure 11-11-11 was a special day for most of us, being a unique date and all that. It was quite a day for me too, because I helped coordinate a friend’s wedding.

I’ve been part of weddings and other various events since 2007, but Friday was my first time to actually lead a wedding coordination team. Needless to say, it was quite the experience. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Borrowing Pastor Steve Murrell’s blog post title, I’m what you’d call a “reluctant leader.” I’m not the type who’d volunteer to take leadership positions. Someone else was always bound to do it, but NOT ME. I’d rather just take instructions from someone and make them happen.
  • Sure, I’ve done weddings before, but it was my first time to run the show and oversee every itty bitty detail. It was quite scary. The thought made me nervous. And I didn’t want it to end up FAIL.

In other words, I didn’t think I had it in me to do this.

Thank God He proved me wrong.

God’s Word plainly states that He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. By His grace and power, I could do it. His Word says so anyway, so to question and doubt the truth would not be the right response to this. I had to chuck my anxieties out the window, take a step out of the boat, and walk on water.

The days leading up to Friday were nerve-wracking. My heart was pounding—literally—while I was making the final preparations. But as the plans and program began taking shape, I was gaining confidence. It was starting to get pretty exciting.

Friday itself ended up being okay. :) It wasn’t perfect, but my teammates and I learned lots of new things. We practiced patience and alertness. We helped each other think of ways to do things. And overall, we had fun.

We made a collective decision to look beyond the mistakes and focus on helping out a friend, a sister in Christ.

Looking back, I don’t regret saying “yes” to my friend-slash-client who asked for help. I’m grateful for the opportunity go out of my comfort zone, be part of a team, and most of all—serve God and His people.

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