No I in Team

Ecclesiastes 4:12 “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

In 2012 a movie came out with a ton of anticipation. Earth’s mightiest heroes had to learn to work together as a team to defeat a common enemy. Then, May 1, 2015 brought us the sequel to that movie again where one superhero wasn’t enough to deal with the threat the Earth was facing but a team had to come together. Sure, these movies are fantasy but they still bring together a good point we can learn from. We are stronger working together than we are apart.

So many times in life we try to do things on our own or by ourselves. In sports that star player on the team may think it is on them and them alone to win the game. That they can trust no one else on the team. We live in an “I” and “Me” world but God has a different plan for us. You see as good as one single player is, the truth is the team can be better. I had a coach once who used to use the phrase there is no “I” in team. The goal was that a team is only as strong as its weakest player and the more the team worked to strengthen everyone the better the team would be. I found the when I served in the military. It did not matter who finished first when we ran it was who finished last and if someone finished behind our time limit we all failed. It meant helping the slowest people to get through obstacle courses and long runs by encouraging them or helping carry some of their load so they could run faster.

Our walk with God is the same way, sure we can be an Army of One changing the world for God. We can have an impact and do our part but how much more can we do by working together? The author of Ecclesiastes points out that if you are alone, there is no one to help you or stand beside you. Basically you might be fine but if you run into trouble or failure there is no one there to give you a hand. The other reality is that when we are alone, it is when we struggle the most with temptation and staying close to God. On the other hand when we do work together or surround ourselves with other believers we are so much more powerful. Let’s be honest, most of us do not struggle with out temptations and sin when we have people around us to keep us accountable. Also think about the impact we can have by working together. From believers working with other believers to churches working with other churches we have the ability to truly impact or schools, community and the nation. We must become a force of change for good and it means we must lose our “I” and “Me” mentality and begin to focus on what “We” can do.