“We’ve been so busy scanning the horizon for transformational nights in shining armor that we’ve ignored the likely your truth: there are hundreds upon thousands of potentially transformative leaders right in our midst. We just lack the ability to recognize them” (Walker)
In his book “The Captain Class”, Sam Walker seeks out to study the most successful sports teams of all time to find out what made them so successful. What he finds out, is that these teams were not great because of a star player, but instead a good team captain. He goes on to show that a true captain is the one that knows how to motivate the team, unite the team and be there for the team. A good captain might not be known by the crowd, but he or she will be respected by the team.
Churches are like this too, it is not always the one out front that is holding the church together or helping it succeed. It could be a teacher, an elder, a strong family or a hard worker. God places the people in our churches and in our lives to help us serve Him. So often we are looking for the proverbial “Knight in Shining Armor” to come help us, but the one we need is often on the pew next to us.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16