If you’ve followed this blog at all or if you personally know me you’ll already know that I am big on context; and as I near the 4 year mark of coming on staff at celebration church I’ve began to reflect on what has been the most life changing parts and what it’s taught me. I spent the first 16 months on staff as Pastor Kerri’s executive assistant and it was the most transformational season in my life. When the journey began I was already a bit of a fan girl and gleaned from her wisdom while serving in Sisterhood, but to get to be her assistant, that was my dream job! It’s still my dream job, and if she’d let me, I’d do it all over again. You should know I’ve asked several times, she has lovingly and repeatedly said no.
So below you will find the 3 of 16 lessons I learned sitting under the wisdom of my Pastor, mentor and friend, Kerri Weems.
16 months. 16 lessons. My perspective. In no particular order.
LESSON 3: GREATNESS
When I stepped into the assistant position I made myself a promise, no matter what came my way one thing would remain the same, I was going to strive for greatness. It’s part of who I am; those that know me and have worked alongside me know that I just really want to be excellent … in how I serve, in my work & in how I love people. But early along in this journey I found that my chasing greatness took the place of my chasing Jesus. I don’t remember the exact reason why PK spoke these words to me but the result has left me chasing the right things.
“Stop TRYING to be great. Greatness is not a fruit of the Spirit, Goodness is.
Just be GOOD, God will make you great.”
I won’t lie, I’ve spent so much time trying to remember why she said this to me, but in my reflection I felt the Holy Spirit remind me that it’s not about the CAUSE of the statement and more about the EFFECT it made on my soul. Looking back I can honestly say that there was a freedom I had yet to experience because I was so consumed in my desire for greatness. I was lost in significance and what that would look like, that the fruit of my life had become striving, jealousy and unrealized brokenness. Thankfully she saw that, and she lovingly pointed me in the right direction. Not sure what you’re chasing, not sure if greatness or significance is a goal for you. But if it is — be aware, you just have to abide in the goodness of God for your life to be overshadowed by His greatness. Don’t chase greatness; it’s a mirage. Instead, chose to abide in His shadow. His shadow stretched out from eternity is greater than any platform you will achieve or stand upon on this side of heaven.