Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Beginnings

Or, my lesson in Delegation.

Remember my angst when things fell through and how heart-sick I was at the thought of burdening people at the last minute when it came to planning the program?

Well, maybe you don't because I took that hyper-emotional post down.

I didn't even want to organize what needed to be delegated. That was the basic idea to a long, tear-stained entry. But I had to, and I did.

Fast forward to last night.

I have the most wonderful, giving, talented leaders to serve with. Libbie and Christina did the refreshments, Shela arranged the musical number, Rachel assigned the value talks AND did all the decorations, Cindy gave the opening prayer, and Tomica printed the program. All of our Young Women participated by giving talks, singing, playing the piano, or leading the music.

Besides overseeing the different areas, all I did was give a little talk at the end about practical matters such as the calendar and requirements for the new Personal Progress value, Virtue.

It was a beautiful night.

I am truly at loss for words at the gratitude I feel for our leaders' willingness to serve and follow through with their assignments to the fullest.

(Rachel, I gave you more than anyone else and you handled it with grace. You are amazing.)

I loved hearing the girls speak, loved listening to the trio sing "What Heaven Sees in You". We truly have special, beautiful young women.

I am blessed to serve them.

I am blessed to have amazing, inspiring, capable leaders to work with.

I can't help but feel gushy and superlative in my praise of the women who taught me two important lessons:

1) People don't mind being asked to do things, even at the last minute, when other plans fall through; and

2) Doing everything myself would have denied very talented leaders the opportunity to make our program as wonderful as it was.

And that is my testimony of delegation.


Betsy Fowler said...

Rebecca, you're amazing! I'm glad you've got great women to work with too. I say lucky you, and lucky them! Sounds like it was a wonderful night.

Hope you're household is feeling better these days.

Rachel McEwen said...

i second that testimoy! (is that allowed?) i would have never known you were stressed out about it, you should have said something sooner:( i am happy that you delegated because I believe wholeheartedly in allowing those who are called to support you to do just that. I thought the night turned out great and the best part was is that Rachel is excited to come to YW and girls camp.....mission accomplished.

Natalie said...

Good for you. That's a hard lesson to learn.