Those of you who know me realize that I am a fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team. Those of you who are not fans may well be snickering right now! Perhaps the detractors have good reason to laugh, as the Canadiens are having a miserable season -they are not far from the basement of the overall standings!
I am sure that fans, media types and, even the organization are all searching for reasons why this storied franchise is experiencing such difficulty. I recently heard an intriguing perspective from an astute fan. He asserted that the team needs to shift its thinking about talent versus character. The team has valued character instead of talent and even exchanged it. The fan’s contention was that talented, immature players can learn from, and develop character through their relationships with more mature players. Character is built and develops in a healthy team environment.
That fan said a mouthful. In his words, I can hear the Christian overtones. Look at Jesus’ method. He called disciples. They were each possessed differing gifts and talents. In following him, they: watched, mimicked, and slowly became more like Him.
After Jesus ascended to the Father, the disciples in continued to practice Jesus’ way. They lived out the proverb: ” As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (prov. 27:17) Also, through their relationships with each other, they continued to mature a and grow in their faith. To illustrate, through his relationship to Paul, Timothy matured into faith. Through his relationship to Barnabas, John Mark developed into an effective apostle.
As successful teams win in a healthy environment, effective ministry is done in relationships as part of a healthy community. In what ways do you need to grow? What is God calling you to change in your life in order to mature or as an expression of a desire to grow? Is there someone whom you could come alongside to either encourage or learn from? Jesus loves His people and desires to build their character and that they work together in unity.
In the peace of Christ, Rob+