I got acrylic nails today (yes, it is weird to type with them), but Abby was getting ready for prom so we had mother/daughter time at the nail salon. We were bonding.
And I was thinking...the gal who did my nails was a real professional. And it inspired me to think about what it means to be a professional.
* She was quick because she was experienced. It's the same kind of quick decision-making that happens when you stick in there in ministry and hone your skills.
* She knew exactly what to do when. A Pro makes quick decisions that are informed because they've made so many decisions that they know which will fail and which will succeed.
* She was adept with her tools and had them within easy reach. We don't have to be able to do everything, but over time we become amazing with the tools we have. That's a Pro.
* She took responsibility; she'd ask "am I hurting you?" (the pain came later...it's weird). A Pro doesn't blame others for her actions. Oh, and she only nicked me twice. Not bad.
* She did great work. In the end, a Pro is known by the work produced. Is it excellent? Error-free? Polished to the nth degree? People will know you're a Pro by the kind of ministry you create--what's immediately visible...and in every hidden corner.
Today, strive to be a Pro! (And if you'd like a little extra help along the way, check out our Children's Ministry Professional Edition newsletter. It's completely digital and affordable (but I can't remember how much). So check it out by going to http://www.childrensministry.com/leaders/ I can tell you that I depend on it for refining my ministry to you! It's amazing!