40 Days – Day 7: Teamwork

CHAMPIONS... AGAIN... The Queensland Maroons winning for the 6th time in a row

The sixth successive State of Origin series victory, that’s right, for six years straight the mighty Queensland Maroons have won the State of Origin tournament against New South Wales Blues.

I will fight the temptation to pick on the Blues as a Queensland supporter through and through, but in all seriousness, if my team was losing that often I’d find it seriously hard to stay loyal. Like I would always hear a mentor of mine always say, “if you fail at something long enough, you’ll eventually quit!”

We can go on to talk about other sports teams and figures from Lebron James to the All Blacks World Cup drought since 1987 which will prayerfully be broken this year on home turf. But I will fight that temptation and talk about the necessity of teamwork in life.

For me as a hardcore Miami Heat (basketball) and Queensland Maroons (State of Origin Rugby League) supporter, it was for this very reason that it was hard to watch the NBA finals where the Heat faced the Dallas Mavericks and lost, but much easier to watch the Queensland vs New South Wales games. Teamwork won on both accounts.

It was obvious last night seeing that Queensland was the stronger team, and with Darren Lockyer captaining the side – his leadership was very generous, that although there were plenty of opportunities for him to score in his last State of Origin game before retiring (especially as 50+ thousand Queenslanders at Suncorp Stadium were cheering for him to do it), he unselfishly kept giving opportunities for others to shine in what would be his last Origin hurrah. Either way, it was him holding the trophy at the end of match. Well deserved – gonna miss his leadership on the field.

Say what you want to say about the 2010-11 NBA finals, and I’ll admit as a Heat fan, that Dallas was the better TEAM during the series. so what makes a good team?

Understanding of your weaknesses – it’s when you realize and admit that you have faults and weaknesses in certain areas, and have team members that have strengths in the areas you are weak in, that the TEAM shines. Are you aware of the areas you’re weak in? and if so, who do you have in close proximity to you that has strengths in those areas you’re weak in?

Selflessness – I remember watching Dirk Nowitzki in the finals when in one of the games he seemed to not having any luck with his shooting early on (that is super rare for Dirk as he has a legendary shooting percentage). Even though he was the leader and by far the most gifted player in terms of shooting on the team, he was willing to let the team go above and beyond him. There were various games in the playoffs where his fellow team mates Jason Terry or even the benched J J Barea would end up becoming the stars of the game.

Humility – Teamwork forces one to remain humble, because no one individual gets the glory. As a follower of Christ, I’m quite aware that in any team it’s not me who gets the glory. Not even our team or organization. I was never formed to receive glory – it belongs to God.

Acts 2

vs. 2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
vs. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.
vs 44 – And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
vs. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts

God started his church with all of His team TOGETHER in SPIRIT. How’s things with your team?

Todays Song: Paradise – Adeaze

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