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Friday, April 11, 2008

Isn't it nice when things just...work?


I've been thinking alot about what makes a good team lately. I guess after watching the Kansas vs. Memphis game the other night, where the championship could have gone either way, I began thinking about the whole idea of a successful team.

If you watched that game you know that one of the reasons that Kansas won the game was because each player knew his role, embraced his role and passionately followed through on his role.

I'm sure the coach had spent hours and hours defining the goals, roles and expectations of each of his team members throughout the season, and on the national stage, when it counted the most each team member delivered in his own unique way...the result was a National Championship.

Another reason I believe Kansas was successful was because they listened to and followed through on their coaches game plan. It was obvious that they believed they could win. I'm sure the coaches also spent hours and hours challenging the players with truth filled statements that encouraged them to leave it all on the floor. The bottom line though...the players needed to believe and apply the coaches strategy and plan to succeed. They had a choice to listen to the input of others or the input of the coach who knows what he's talking about.

One of the things that I love to do in Youth Ministry is encourage students and leaders with truth filled statements from God's Word. Statements that will help them clarify the confusing messages that pummel them every day, because if we're not careful we can begin to believe the twisted lies of the enemy, and short circuit God's plan for our lives in His big picture strategy.

This video clip is a great visual example of what it means to know your role, embrace your role and passionately follow through on your role in the body of Christ, because God has a spot for each of us on His team, and when we're all functioning on the level in which the coach has designed it...Great things happen for God's glory.







So, what's your role on the team? Are you following through or getting sidetracked by twisted input?

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