“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.”
Acts 4:32 (NRSV)
Have you ever watched a basketball game in which nobody passed the ball? What about a football game in which the quarterback kept the ball for every play? Maybe a baseball game where the outfielders ran the ball in to home plate to make the play throughout the game? No. I’ve never seen any games like that, either.
Teamwork is much more than just everybody on the team saying the same things or thinking they’re all heading the same direction. Teamwork is about being able to trust and rely on fellow team members to the point that you’re willing to hand another person the game-winning play. A touchdown or a tag at home plate doesn’t happen because one person made a play. It happens because the rest of the team set it up to happen.
Being part of a team means that we will at times need to hand over something to another person. It may be something near and dear and we want to be the one to run it into the end zone. Somebody else may trust you enough to hand their work over to you. Being trustworthy and trusting others, whether we like them or not, is critical to teamwork. If you want to be on a winning team, you have to learn how to pass. Passing to the right person at the right time will win the game every time. Keep in mind that God is the only one who will never let us down. Humans are … well, human. Other people make mistakes and will let us down. View that as a time when they dropped the ball on the court and shake it off and move on. They need just as much grace as you do. Sports writer Bill Simmons said, “There’s a tipping point that happens with soccer in which you just kinda get it. I was drawn to it because the best soccer teams play similarly to my favorite basketball teams – like the eighties Lakers or eighties Celtics – teams that emphasized teamwork over individualism and relied on passing as their biggest ongoing edge.”
Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
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