Week 10 – Searching for summer interns
Windermere could not operate each year without the service of about 50 college student summer workers. In the past we have called them summer staff. In an effort to upgrade expectations we are changing the name to interns.
In my opinion, an intern can really do wonders in unifying and building up a ministry. That is the kind of person that would make a great intern.
The church at Ephesus was taught by the Apostle Paul to work on unity. Paul says this about being a person of unity, in Ephesians 4:25-32
So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”[a]Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own,[b] guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
A great intern for Windermere would do well in following these five principles from Ephesians –
- Be a person of truth v. 25
The Greek words used is pseudo. When you use pseudo in front of a word it means pretending to be. Don’t be a pseudo-intern.
2. Express anger in appropriate ways and at the right time v. 26-27
By appropriate I mean anger should never cause intimidation, or be belittling. People get angry. Just do not sin when you get angry
3. Do not steal like a person who refuses to work hard v. 28
An intern can steal by not giving a best effort, by undermining confidence, by gossiping. The bottom line is an intern cannot be a freeloader.
- Closely guard your speech and conduct yourself above reproach v. 29-30
My rule is this – interns need to build up rather than tear down. Our words either affirm or assault others. A good intern guards their words.
- Be nice. V. 31-32
Criticism chips away at dignity. When our dignity is low it is hard to generate the strength for service. An intern is a person of grace.
Pray for us as we search for our 2017 Windermere interns.
It’s always a pretty day at the lake.