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Team Players

by on January 2, 2014

 

In team sports, there may be 2 or 5 or 9 or 11 players on the field. They are the representative players. For each of them on the field, there are many others who work just as hard and are just as talented and strong. The team can only be successful as each person does his/her part whether they are on the playing field or not. They are all part of the team.

Real team players are servants.
Real team players will prefer a more capable player to take his/her place.
Real team players make the most opportunity of each play.
Real team players play for the good of the team.
Real team players are not “glory hounds” or “hams.”
Real team players are very humble.
Real team players know their own strengths and weaknesses.
Real team players realize that they are only successful because of the team.
Real team players do not demand to be noticed.
Real team players are consistent in their performance.
Real team players play by principles that are above the rules.
Real team players can be trusted.
Real team players are constantly improving.
Real team players value the talents of all other team members.
Real team players feature the talents of the other team members.
Real team players are not in competition with other team members.
Real team players bring out the best in the other team members.
Real team players do not blame other team members.
Real team players make the other team members look good.
Real team players are always looking to add more talented persons to the team.
Real team players cover for other members of the team.
Real team players do not make excuses.
Real team players do not make excuses for other team members.
Real team players are hard to find.

The family and the Church and all human endeavors need team players. While I do not recommend watching sports, there are lessons that can be learned. Actually, you should not have to watch sports to understand the lessons. Bible students know about team players.

Colossians 1:7 and 4:7 talk about fellow servants. Paul uses the Greek word, sundoulos. It means those who serve the same master as slaves – slaves of the same master. It is so important that we, as believers, are fellow servants – fellow slaves of the same Master. As such, we should be the best examples of team players. Sports should be able to learn much from us.

What a joy it is to work with fellow slaves. All the above characteristics and many more are ours in the ministry of and for the Lord. Would that the Church could grasp the need to be slaves together for God and His Son and His Kingdom by following the leading of His Holy Spirit. When that happens, the world and sports will learn from us.

 

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