Knowing people in the middle of their process can sometimes keep us from seeing the great inside of them. Do you know what I mean? Because we are often distracted by what we see, we miss really seeing who they are. A punk kid can grow up to be an influential and contagious leader. A reckless teen can grow into a gracious and caring mother. An apathetic and entitled young person can grow into a passionate and driven world changer. We just sometimes miss the great in the midst of the becoming.
I got to thinking about this over the weekend as I was surrounded by people we have been privileged to know for several years, some of them more than a decade. Every single one of them is great in their perfectly God-given way. Every single one of them has been in different places of process while serving with us in camp ministry.
I found such encouragement as I was reminded of God's faithfulness in each of our processes of becoming. As humans, we can easily feel stuck or lost or disillusioned. We can get hung up on the mess we see in each other or ourselves rather than encouraging each other through or believing for God's best in our lives. Some of us might be considered big deals in our spheres of influence and work and success. Some of us might be considered small, typical and no big deal, if we're considered at all. At the end of the day, we are all just ordinary people in the constant motion of becoming. None of us greater or lesser than the next.
Trust God's process in you today. He's faithful to complete His good work in you. He's the only great we need in our lives and the only great worth pursuing! Offer grace to someone who may seem difficult today. God is working in them too!
(Any summer staff who may be reading this: be looking for a link to the weekend's pictures in your inbox soon!)