“We work together as partners who belong to God”
-1 Corinthians 3:9-
Recently, I read a story of two men riding on a tandem bicycle, panting and perspiring, as they finally reached the top of a steep hill. “That was a stiff climb,” said the first man. “It certainly was,” replied the second. “And if I hadn’t kept the brake on, we would have slid back down the hill.” I don’t think their efforts would fit even the loosest of definitions for teamwork.
The word teamwork has been defined as; “a cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal.” First, this definition tells us that each member in a team has their own unique role to play in order to accomplish the team’s common goal. Second, in order for teamwork to exist, each team member must willingly submit to the unifying goal and work together in harmony with their other team members. To do anything less is not teamwork.
I can recall one evening when my wife and I were at a community park watching a basketball game and observing a pretty good picture of teamwork. A few of our local police officers (not the youngest bunch) took on some of the local youth from our community in a “Cops vs. Kids” basketball game.
Our guys ran up and down the court together, they passed the ball around, they set up, they rebounded, and they took their shots; some very good shots I might add. They clearly worked together as a team that night, as they ran up and down the court.
But teamwork isn’t to just take place on the basketball court. It’s to take place in a black and white, in a fire engine, and in the dispatch center. It’s to take place everywhere in your life, from your department to your home.
Though there will always be those who do not want to work as a team, don’t allow them to distract you from always doing your part. Being a good role model goes a long way in helping others to get on the team. And more importantly, remember that what we do is always to be done as unto the Lord. He is our team leader and He’s the one we truly work for.
Final Score: Kids 37 … Cop’s 36 ……….. Teamwork.
“Wait a minute Chaplain! They didn’t achieve a common goal. They didn’t win! How can you call that teamwork?” Because no one had their brake on.
For the people had a mind to work”
Be safe as you work together,
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