During choir practice several days ago, I asked the choir to vote on what songs they would like to sing when we perform at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, Florida, on March 30.  We will be ministering at their 10:30am worship service.  The Special Gathering Choir is a choir of individuals who are developmentally delayed.  To my amazement, they didn’t and wouldn’t raise their hands to tell me their choice. 

When Tim spoke out that he liked the second song best, everyone chimed in to agree with him.  I was surprised–not at their selection but in their hesitation to raise their hands regarding their choice.  These men and woman are the leaders in our ministry in Melbourne.  They are our deacons,  the ones who come forward to pray, lead singing, read the scriptures and greet visitors.  Yet, they were hesitant to give their opinion regarding their choice in a musical selection.  Once again they were exhibiting their need to please people who are in authority.  They didn’t want to be wrong and not please me.

I can only vaguely imagine the intimidation that my friends have endured that make them too afraid to give their opinion to me.  I am their friend and they know it.  These 13 men and women are not timid wallflowers.  They are forward looking individuals who laugh and joke and seem to express their opinions with ease.  Now, I wonder.  How much are they hiding?  How much of this self-confidence is another set of learned behaviors exhibited to impress the outside world?

There is much to learn about unlocking the potential of these men and women of God.  Pray for us as we seek to evangelize, teach and disciple God’s forgotten people.