A Staff Comments on his experience and growth while working at Shelterwood Academy.
What a privilege it’s been to be a part of the Shelterwood mission. When I jumped on board with Shelterwood nearly 16 years ago as a Shelterwood staff, little did I know I had so much to learn. Of course, when one of my first parents stared me in the eyes and said, “you’re degree isn’t worth the paper it is written on,” my pride bubble was burst. And it’s been a humility ride ever since.
Over the years, I’ve learned that helping people heal is very difficult, but always worth it. I’ve learned that there are no guarantees in family ministry. I’ve learned that all I can do as a “people helper” is to be faithful to the gifting God has brought my way. I’ve learned that the team approach to ministry is the best way to be about God’s work. I’ve learned that prayer is an absolute necessity to any successful ministry. And, I’ve learned that I’m only useable to God when I realize my place as His servant.
These days, my job description is certainly more global. With teenagers of my own, I continue to learn the same lessons of humility. Truth is, I seem to go through my own discipleship program and Shelterwood program every year. I learn all over again what it means to have a teachable, soft heart that is open to what my loving God needs to teach me.
I’m a blessed man, still learning to be content. I’m a humbled man, realizing I’m worthless when I get in the way of the Lord’s work. I’m a stubborn man, still learning to lean on the Lord in all circumstances. And I’m a man still learning to pray, still figuring out how to stay on my knees in prayer as I walk through each day.
I am so thankful and grateful to have been a part of the Shelterwood mission all these years. Through the ups and downs, I’ve witnessed so many miracles happen through this ministry. As I’ve changed hats over the years, I’m so thankful that the Lord has used Shelterwood to make me a better vessel for Him to use.