Success never happens in a vacuum! Cheers are given for individuals, but many people are behind the scenes that helped get an individual to the platform of recognition. The older I get the more I realize how important teams are for success. I was reminded this past Fall to take time to thank those that have helped along the journey.
My son played on a travel team in the Fall and the coach was excellent. Mark Blythe has helped hundreds of young men become better baseball players and some have gone on to play professional baseball. He was my son's coach and gave an assignment to the players that I thought was excellent. He told the players that a college coach required his players to write thank you notes before ballgames. They had to recognize adults who invested in them by saying thank you. Coach Blythe loved the idea enough, he decided his team needed to do the same exercise. As a parent, I listened to him telling these boys about gratitude and was thankful for the instruction that went beyond baseball.
On Saturday night the ministry celebrated a graduation from one of our guests. Crystal became the ninth graduate of Refuge for Women to complete all requirements of the program. The accomplishment is enormous and the determination that it takes to finish is astronomical. However, I told the group of over 40 supporters that gathered in the small transitional house that this is an accomplishment for Crystal, but it is a win for the ministry as well. I looked around the room and saw family members of Crystal, a sponsor, a mentor, staff members, and volunteers. Each of them made an investment in her that allowed for them to feel as much accomplishment as Crystal. It was a win for everyone involved.
1 Corinthians 12:12 is a great verse that says "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ". If you have given a dollar to this ministry, prayed for our guests, served in any capacity, I want to congratulate you for a win that you can feel accomplishment about. Let us keep praying for many success stories to follow.