It Takes A Team

It’s that time of year again. Spring not only sees the natural world renewed, but ball parks come to life as well. Cries of “Play ball!” and “Batter up!” ring out across the country. Players and fans alike take up their respective roles in this slice of Americana. Yesterday Don and I became a part of the cheering throngs as we attended one of our nephew’s games.

I stayed busy trying to capture some good shots of Cody while he was all business playing catcher for his team. I’m not sure he was happy having his own personal photojournalist following his every move, but darn it all, I have to take pictures when I get a chance :) Thanks to this camera-happy aunt, though, we have this shot of him scoring a run for his team. I must say I was pretty pleased with myself :)

Speaking of the team, baseball is all about teamwork, isn’t it? Cody wouldn’t have had the chance to cross home plate if one of his team members hadn’t kept the inning alive, and his team would be in a world of hurt without him — he’s their only catcher. He worked hard the entire game, but the other players all had roles to fill, too. In baseball, each player has his own job to do, and if he fails to do it, the bases fill up and runs are scored. Baseball is truly a team sport. One player just can’t do it alone. It takes a team.

In my last post, I asked you to think about the groups you enjoy sweet fellowship with. Today, consider specifically the teams you’re a part of. And no, I’m not just talking about sports — that might leave a lot of us out :)

We’re all on teams of some sort. If you’re married, you’re on a team with your mate. Or you may be part of a team at work or through one of your volunteer roles. And just like in baseball, each team member has own job to do. If we fail to do them, the team suffers or has to adjust in some way. If we each do our own job, though, the team works together and produces wonderful — and sometimes amazing — results.

Tell me about the teams you’re on. I’ll kick it off by sharing a few of mine — and try not to snicker at the obvious lack of sports involvement :) I’m an alto in our church choir, work with several others on a missions committee, serve with my friend Lisa in a Sunday School class for 1-yr. olds (though that might count as a sport!), and also work with Jeneal, my writing critique partner. Each of these endeavors requires teamwork. How about you? What teams are you on? Anyone seeing some great results?

“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants…as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow…For we are God’s fellow workers…” 1 Corinthians 3:5-6;9a

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  1. Such a good reminder. =) One “team” that comes to mind for me is the body of Christ. Although Ryan and I are on the mission field, we wouldn’t be here without the prayers, support and encouragement of fellow “team’ members. We count ourselves truly blessed.
    Enjoying the R & R found at your blog. ;)

  2. Lisa, thanks so much for pointing out that we are, in fact, team members for missionaries we support as we stay in contact, pray, give, etc. It’s a privilege to be on your team! Blessings to you and your family!

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