Post by: Garrison Polsgrove
Youth Discipleship Pastor at Shepherd Church

The other day I was on a treadmill at the gym trying to watch a football game on a TV positioned slightly to the right. After about five minutes of straining my neck my foot stepped off the moving tread and I almost fell and broke my face! Luckily I caught my balance and kept running. Although, I’m not sure if I was more shaken up by almost falling or by the thought of everyone in the gym laughing at me. Needless to say, my interest in watching the football game was no longer there.

The lesson I learned on the treadmill that day reminded me of what happens when I take my attention off becoming the person Christ has called me to be, I fall. When I start to look around for people’s approval to justify what I know Christ has called me to do I get tripped up in self-doubt and insecurity. I hate when I do that! So why do I?

After much thought I have come to the conclusion that I start to look to others when I lose intimacy with Christ. When I stop reminding myself of how much God loves me. When I stop talking to Him throughout the day as I drive and as I sit in Starbucks. When I stop asking Him to use me everyday to bless the people I see. When I stop asking the Holy Spirit to convict me and instead take to heart other people’s critical remarks. When I stop seeking my approval and worthiness from Christ I begin to look around to get it from others. How silly it is to seek a compliment from creation when I can daily accept a truth from the Creator.

Being involved with discipling students can be a thankless job, especially when your students care more about what student is the cutest than how Christ wants to use them in amazing ways. It is tempting to compare yourself to other volunteers or other groups and question whether you are doing it right. Although there is nothing wrong with learning from others, it is always destructive to place rank on your involvement. Focus on being the best discipler of students YOU can possibly be and leave others to do the same.

Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”