What is your favorite sports team of all time? Not just your favorite sports organization- but your favorite group of players on a team from any particular year. There’s a bunch of teams I could choose from. Mostly from teams that represented schools I went to or areas I’ve lived. The Dallas Cowboys of the 90s, the Stars team that won in 2000, 2011 Texas Rangers when they almost won the world series, 2008 Kansas Jayhawk Basketball team, the Oklahoma Sooners Football team in the early 2000s. However, if I had to pick my all-time favorite group of players- that would be the 2011 Dallas Mavericks.
This team was the definition of the sum being is greater than its parts. Most of these guys were cast-offs from other teams where they experienced varying degrees of success. There were a few guys labeled as past their prime, like Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion- perhaps even Dirk Nowitzki at that point. Dirk was their only all-star that year. They faced three of the best teams of all time during the playoffs that year- the Kobe Bryant led 2 time defending champion Lakers- the stacked OKC Thunder team that had Durant, Westbrook, and Harden, and then of course the Miami Heat with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Mavs came from behind numerous times late in games, and twice in the Finals series against the Heat. What was the key to their success? Teamwork and togetherness in the face of adversity. It was a beautiful thing to behold for NBA fans. Teamwork in that each of the players had a specialized role and knew the role they needed to play. Togetherness in that they worked as a unit. They didn’t care about who got the credit as long as they got the “W”. They needed to know their roles and fight for the good of the team because of the amount of adversity they faced.
Even so, basketball is just a game. At the end of the day, one team scores more points than the other and everyone goes home. There is so much more at stake in our lives. The roles we are to play as spouses, parents, grandparents, children, neighbors, employees- these roles and relationships are critically important to those around us. The way we approach our lives and relationships will either be a blessing or a curse on those God has placed around us. Don’t you want to be a blessing to the people you love that God has placed in your life? I know I sure do- but unfortunately so often we fail at this. We need all the help we can get. Adversity is a constant in life, and we don’t always deal with it well.
Thankfully, since teamwork is so important, God’s Word has a lot to say about it. Galatians 6:1-6 gives a great picture regarding what Christians in Community should look like. There are four crucial elements to a great team that we will look at this Sunday. These are four safeguards for our relationships that will help us be the type of people that God has designed us to be as a community.
Please join us this Sunday morning, 10:15 am at Christ Community Church to explore this vital subject. You are also welcome to join us for Bible Study at 9- we have classes for children, teens, and adults.
God bless you! Have a great weekend, and stay warm out there!
-Pastor Nathan Rice