Hey, church team members – a challenge for you today. Own your mistakes. You are going to make a lot of them over the years – that’s part of being human. Also part of being human, sadly, is the tendency to want to shift blame… We play the victim all too easily, whether out of pride or fear [or both]. The reality is that most people will cut you some slack and even potentially think more highly of you if you take accountability when you drop the ball.  

Notice that I didn’t say be proud of your mistakes. If you keep messing up in the same way over and over, don’t just chalk it up to being imperfect. If you do, you’re not being “real” or “authentic,” you’re being a jerk who doesn’t care what impact you have on others. Our failures DO sometimes damage those around us – a worship team member’s lack of prep, for example, causes the entire team to suffer [and ultimately the congregation, as well]. So own your mistakes – strategize to find ways to avoid making the same mistakes over and over – and then do what you can to make things right.

Move Tour Wednesday night, March 9, 2011, at Northview Church in Carmel, Ind. Photo by Kurt Hostetler

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