Thought For the Day 09/25/13

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Teamwork

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Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.  

Author Unknown

http://www.quotegarden.com/teamwork.html

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They say that it takes a village to raise a child and I can not agree more. Except I prefer the analogy of teamwork instead of village, which is a concept every single NY Giants fan (me) or even Manchester United fan (across the pond!), can relate to! But the idea of teamwork is not one that has just emerged. No, uniting as a team and team work was just as important when Noah built his Ark and gathered his mated pairs of animals to save them from the raging waters of God’s wrath. And it was the tool  Nehemiah used in his efforts at restoring Jerusalem.

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In Genesis 6 and 7, there is no specific mention of Noah being helped in his tasks. And yet, we know the daunting task that that God laid at his feet. It is impossible to imagine that his family would not want….indeed need….to help!

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Better evidence lies within the chapters of Nehemiah. Were not teams organized by Nehemiah based on their particular expertise? And were not all of these people assigned a dedicated leader, to coordinate for the completion of the task they were given? And could they have accomplished all that they did without the “cheerleading” efforts of Nehemiah who touched their hearts and inflamed their passions for what was needed?

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And did not the son of God gather together his hand-picked team of disciples to not just help Him complete His purpose here on earth? Did they not journey with Him, learning at His side, preparing for the time when it would be they who continued His ministry? And did He not choose from among them, the one who would betray Him, fulfilling what was needed so that the rest of us might receive the promise of salvation?

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Even today, we rely on our leaders, whether at a national lever, a state level, a local level……and yes, even at a church level, to help us with the very necessary coordination for the services that will help us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Yes, no doubt, there are some whose actions we may not agree with. And yet whether rightly or wrongly, they all strive to do a job that will benefit those whose interests they represent (at least the leaders do who lead those who live in the more evolved nations)!

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And while we have seen examples here of teamwork spanning some 5000 years of our history, there are core lessons that every one shares, whether we consider the efforts of Noah, or your local spiritual leader.

  • Each person who chose (or was chosen to perform) a role as a leader was able to scope out the situation at hand, create a game plan with goals and a time frame for completion of the task at hand. 
  • They each demonstrated the ability to gather together those who would be able to perform the duties that were needed to complete the task. 
  • Those who lead were just as willing to get their hands dirty to guarantee the success of the plan at hand. 
  • Each leader of note is generous with their encouragement, understanding that people who are appreciated for their efforts work all the harder at their tasks! 
  • Every leader we cited was focused on the job at hand and was able to keep the team working together to complete the task!

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Now considering seeing teamwork from a purely spiritual perspective, how do you view your leader in your church or place where you seek spiritual solace? Does your Pastor or Lay Leader demonstrate these same qualities that we identified were both part of the mental/emotional programming of and demonstrated by Noah and  Nehemiah ? And here is an even more important thing to consider. How willing are you to volunteer your talents to a spiritual cause if or when they are needed?

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We are the ones  whose lives and works God will view as we approach the “Pearly Gates”. And while not all of us will go to our eternal rest having been a leader, still, we all are workers, and the question will then become, are our works enough to justify His favor? If you can not say a resounding yes to this, then you had better wonder why not….and do some serious soul-searching, AND acting!

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As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you. ”On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

1 Corinthians 12:20-25 ESV

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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