We care about rankings and who gets chosen and in what order. Did you get excited or groan at the recent NFL draft? Did your team make a good choice? You could hear the cheers and jeers from fans in the gallery. They voiced their opinions at the choices their leaders make. What about you? Do people groan or cheer at your picks?
Jesus had a draft. Who he chose and more importantly who he did not choose, tells us a lot about the team he wanted and the kind of championship He was playing for. Youth workers do not get to set the pace for the most part, this pace is set by the church, pastor, or board. Sometimes your team is set by the same people. When you do get to draft, what should you be looking for?
- Servitude over Stats. The number of years one has been doing something only means they know the system better than anyone. Time does not equal a willing heart. Veterans can actually hold back the team if they are committed to running the same plays they’ve always run. Look for those who are used to leaving it all on the field and are open to new ideas.
- Humility over Hubris There were those players yesterday who thought they should have gone higher in the draft. The higher you are picked, the more money you stand to make. There will be those who believe you are making a big mistake by not picking them to lead out in front. Choose them lower in the draft. This will give them time to reflect and become a better team player.
- Expectations over Excuses Team players who are always making excuses why the ball slips, why they missed a block, etc. won’t make clutch plays when you need them. Look for people who are quick to say “my bad, let’s try it again.” Those who are quick to own their mistakes will be more committed to the overall goals of them team and not just their own agenda. look for those who have high expectations of themselves and you.
As you start looking around for draft picks, don’t fall into the trap of looking for only the young, energetic, and creative. Make your picks wisely, but once you pick them or God assigns them to you, train, equip, and lead them to victory.