Do you have a group of “People” who have your back? You know the kind of people who will stand by you in the midst of your circumstances all the while offering compassion, wisdom, support and love no matter what. Do you have someone’s back?
We all need teams because we were never meant to do life alone.
I watched from a distance the making of a team I desperately wanted to be on.
As a kid when springtime rolled around I was miserable. My eyes swelled up, breathing was difficult, and to top it off the darn allergy medicine made me drowsy. Grassy areas were completely off limits because something in the air would trigger a horrible allergic reaction.
In Junior High, during Physical Education class, I was forced to stay far away on the concrete while my friends played softball. I watched and listened as they laughed and shouted. All I dreamed about was being able to play alongside them.
So when Basketball tryouts came around this 4’11” girl tried out. Ha – I bet this will surprise you – I made the team. Okay, so I know what you are thinking they probably let everyone play. It didn’t matter to me – I was part of something, and it felt good.
I was so darn short, but I could dribble the ball down low, scoot on by the tall girls, and quickly pass it to a teammate who would shoot and WE would score.
I loved everything about being part of a group: the comradery, the fun times, teamwork, laughter, and most important belonging to something. It felt so good to work together for a common goal.
It was a heck of a lot better than feeling alone in my misery on the side watching my peers play together.
Why is a team so important?
- We were never meant to do life alone.
- We were made for community.
- Two are better than one.
- Life is better with someone to share it with.
Each of us will bring unique qualities that will help pull the other up. Together life will be easier and a heck of a lot more fun.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
I Thessalonians 5:11
So let me ask you a question – Are you letting your circumstances keep you from being on a team?
Maybe you are too busy, too overwhelmed, too insecure, too secretive, too strong, or too………..?
The answer doesn’t matter we were all created to connect with others. You need someone to have your back and your need to reciprocate.
Maybe your circumstances prevent you from meeting at a specific time. Do not let that stop you, next week I will share some new ideas on how to develop a team when finding time to meet is impossible.
You don’t have the time not to be a member. MAKE TIME.
Fight the urge to pull away
Okay, so you are in the middle of messy and think you have nothing to offer. Wrong – Do you know how empowering it is to help another?
I remember a time when my world turned upside down. I felt alone in my circumstances, and I didn’t want to reach out to anyone. I was embarrassed, felt like a failure, and just wanted to crawl in a hole. BUT that didn’t happen I had teams made up of all kinds of people. Some prayed, some encouraged, some cried with me, and some had fun with me. Each and every person had a unique place on my team.
We all need someone to have our backs, and we need to be looking out for others.
I would love to hear how being part of a team has helped you?
Next week we will look at who should be on our teams and how to find our people. Be sure to subscribe to Embracing the Unexpected, to receive posts straight to your inbox.
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