Greetings in the Lord,
I love these two stories about underdogs…
At Quecreek Mine in Somerset Co. PA nine miners were rescued after 3 days 240 feet underground. They were stranded in 55 degree temperatures and three feet of standing water. The very real issue of hypothermia threatened their lives. After those three days all nine miners were rescued and survived the ordeal.
One of the miners Harry Mayhugh explained how they did it. “We decided we were either going to all live together, or we were all going to die together. There were times through those three days that one of us would get extremely cold and weak. When that happened the rest of us would huddle around that person and hold onto them until they were warm. That happened time after time with almost everyone of us. We would not let them go. It was a team effort.”
I’d also share with you that the most successful coach in collage basketball was John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood. John Wooden won 11 National championships in 12 years. He won 10 national championships in a row. Every year he put together the best group of players he could. He didn’t always start the most talented. He started the five men who most complemented each other. The five that dedicated themselves to playing as a team. His motto was. “The most important player when we win—is the rest of the team.” Wooden encouraged his players to acknowledge the assists of their teammates. If one player received a pass that allowed him to score, Wooden wanted him to give the other man a wink or point to him as they moved down the court. A new player once asked Wooden, “What if the other player isn’t looking when I point to him?” Wooden just smiled, “Oh don’t worry. He’ll be looking!” That’s the kind of teamwork that builds national champions. But it’s also the kind of teamwork that builds the body of Christ.
What if we determined to hold onto each other and support each other like those miners? What if we decided to acknowledge the assists of our teammates every time they move down the court after they’ve made a good pass. You can’t be beat if you function like that. It takes teamwork to survive the tough times…”To live together or to die together.” It also takes acknowledging others who assist us and make us better to be a team, One of the best definitions of “team” is when the individual parts care more for the whole than they do for themselves. If you “consider others as more important than yourself, and do nothing out of vain conceit or selfish ambition,” your doing more than functioning as a team, your functioning with the mind of Jesus (Phil. 2)
No wonder Ecc. 3: says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down his friend can help him up[. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Bind us together Lord,
P. S. I believe Gardenside Christian Church has amazing team players for God’s glory