Steve Adams opens his presentation wielding knives and confessing his struggling with ADHD. Based on this introduction, be prepared for a slightly scattered set of notes!
Have you ever met someone that seems to have something extra? In business? In the community? In sports? We can’t identity it, so we call it “The Edge”.
The Edge helps to fulfill our God-given purpose and to maximize our effectiveness.
Ah… the purpose of the knives! To demonstrate the idea of an “edge”. As Steve sharpens one of his (many) knives onstage, he quotes Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Being sharpened helps give a person (and a knife) an edge. However, it’s not going to do you any good waiting around for someone to come along and sharpen your edge. Instead, if you go and find another knife/person to sharpen — you BOTH end up being sharpened in the process. So, take the first step. Reach out.
If you’ve ever cut down a tree, you know that it takes a sharp blade. If you’re halfway through cutting down a tree and you realize that your blade is not sharp, it is WORTH IT to stop what you are doing and sharpen the blade. It will be a lot easier to cut down that tree. (Ecc 10:10)
Children’s Ministry: My Life’s Calling
Steve shares his journey to Children’s Ministry: a path that was scattered with knife sharpeners all along the way.
Take care about who you make connections with your life. Not only do knives need to make a connection in order to be sharpened, there needs to be the right angle. The wrong angle (and the wrong people) will dull your blade.
What Happens When Your Blade is Dull?
You need to step away. Now, the church is not going to stop for you. The world keeps going. The church keeps going. You need to create a moment to get away. That might look like a 30 minute vacation. That might look like a few weeks off. Figure it out.
2. Remember, you are a STEWARD not an OWNER
Sometimes we reference our volunteers as “My Team”. In actuality, they are God’s team. You are a steward — a manager of that Team. It is here today, but it could be gone tomorrow. Check out a great story on this concept in 2 Kings 6.
3. Ask for help.
4. Allow others to speak into your life.
How to Sharpen Your Blade
1. Be Humble
2. Be Adaptable (Be willing to change!)
3. Be Trusting