2016-05-02_0733A clear stand ALWAYS involves others! Right now my husband, Max, is watching a TV show called “Daredevil.” In most ways, this is a typical super hero show. A lone soldier is taking on all evil single handedly. This is always the case in Hollywood and hardly the case in real life. A life spent pursuing that fairytale is futile. Here’s what that fairytale feels like in real life.

At a recent training, while working with the room who was struggling deeply with bitterness, hurt, anger, and sorrow over events in their lives, at one point, I turned around and the team of people who I thought was standing with me was gone. A team of 14 was down to 2. Hollywood would have you believe – well you pull yourself up by your boot straps, boost your ego and say “hey well at least I stood!”

The reality is in that moment, I began to question if I was even united with my team? I wondered what I missed in the invitation for them to stand in this training with us? I felt momentarily my stomach drop out. It was lonely and not nearly as fun as having a full team all in the fight together. This is what Hollywood doesn’t show. A stand is Technicolor when a full band of brothers are with you contributing, pushing back, praying, and serving. A clear stand is the beginning of a movement that grows with each new voice that joins. Only when a variety of differences, opinions, backgrounds, and commitments come together is a stand full. Each of us has a unique stand to express and we need the sharpening of others for the fullness of each of our gifts to emerge. No one achieves greatness on their own. That is shallow and small minded. Its called the Kingdom of God, not a summer blockbuster.

Standing together!

Amy Maxwell is the Managing Director for Gap Community and has over 10 years of transformational training and coaching experience. She has a bachelors from UC Davis in Women and Gender Studies. She is passionate about igniting people’s lives to boldly love. She stands for reconciliation among families. Amy has worked for Gap Community since 2001 serving the lives of teenagers by calling out their God-given gifts and coaching them to be leaders in their communities through risk, love, and forgiveness. Amy lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Jeffrey of 10 years and two children Isabella and Gabriel. She serves on her church teaching and worship planning team.