The occasion? I was part of a Broadway-type production some creative staff members at PHD had put together for the Hilly’s Awards Event. The Hilly’s is fondly named after our senior pastor, Dr. Christopher Hill, and annually honors the 1300 volunteers who serve in about 50 different ministries at the Potter’s House of Denver. This year, as part of the Awards Show, those same rascally creative people decided to have the PHD Staff dance to a cleverly re-worded version of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
Now, other than a few talented dancers, you need to realize this group of staff people shared my unfamiliarity and discomfort with participating! This was not our primary job!! As we regularly practiced, more often than not we dissolved in laughter and wondered if we would ever be anything but a huge source of amusement for the audience that night.
However, with a word of encouragement here, a demonstration of dance steps there, and a patient director, “Happy” began to come together. And along the way, something else began to occur. Barriers were broken down, connections were made and the PHD staff experienced more closeness. Perhaps it was unintentional, but we had just participated in a team-building exercise!
This, I realized, was probably what our volunteers experience – ministry at the Potter’s House is not their primary job, but they give parts of themselves to be a piece of the bigger picture, to make a vision come alive! And along the way, they become a family, committed to a common goal.
I regularly pray, “God use me for a purpose greater than myself.” When I say that, I usually visualize speaking in front of large crowds, influencing many people. But what if God just wants me to step out of my comfort zone, learn a new dance and contribute in unfamiliar ways for the good of the whole?
Maybe as we practiced the Electric Slide and laughed with fellow staff members, we became part of something bigger than us.
As you enter this Advent season leading to Christmas, ask yourself – is there somewhere I can be part of something bigger than myself? Maybe it’s as simple – and perhaps laughable – as learning the Electric Slide!