Monday, September 13, 2010

The Right People

Recently I was involve in assembling a team from my company for a regional project and the thought came to me about the recent debacle of the France soccer team in the World Cup 2010. France exit in disgrace. What went wrong? They have some of the best professional players. It was apparent that they fail as a team.

Philippe T├ętart, a French sports historian, said that France’s players had acted like spoiled celebrities instead of potential champions, creating damage beyond the team’s image.

Acting like prima donna, they revolted against the management, the coach and influence the younger players to boycott training. Even the France sport’s minister couldn’t persuade them. The only way France can repair its image and regain her pride is to “cut off,” these prima donnas and rebuild a young team from ground up.

Someone has sent me this quote:
"it's the best five players that win the game, not the five best players."
Do you know the differences?

Which lead me to ponder on the devotional that I read some time ago.
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Read : 1 Corinthians 12:7-18
God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. --- 1 Corinthians 12:18
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The film Miracle tells the true story of the 1980 US Olympic ice hockey team as it marches to an improbable gold medal. At the outset of the story coach Herb Brooks is shown selecting the players for his team. When he gives assistant coach Craig Patrick a list of names he has chosen, Craig syas in surprise, “ You’re missing some of the best players.” Brooks responds, “I’m not looking for the best players, Craig-just the right ones.”

Brooks knew that individual talents would take the team only so far. A willingness to fit into his style of selfless play would be far more important than talent. Clearly, team success, not individual glory, was the priority.

The Biblical call to service has a similar emphasis. In God’s purposes each believer does his or her part, but the results are team-oriented. After explaining the wide differences in the spiritual gifts of believers, Paul says, “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for profit of all” (1 Cor. 12:7). When we use the skills God gives us, His purposes are accomplished, and He get the glory. In God’s service it’s not about been best, the most talented, or the most gifted. It’s about being the right people—the ones God “set…..in the body” (v.18)—joining together to serve the same team.— Bill Crowder