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Teamwork
GOD DID NOT intend for one person to complete every task alone. We’ve been given different gifts, abilities, interests, and desires. Consequently, it only makes sense ...

Ann Christmas, Fellowship of Christian Firefighters, St. Louis Chapter; American Red Cross, North County Citizen Corps

TEAMWORK

Jesus showed us how to love the unlovable

GOD DID NOT intend for one person to complete every task alone. We’ve been given different gifts, abilities, interests, and desires. Consequently, it only makes sense that we were intended to work in teams. In a team, one person’s weakness may be another person’s strength, thus giving an enhanced opportunity to succeed.

In emergency services, teamwork is indispensable. For instance, in a typical two-alarm fire, firefighters battle the fire; police keep people away and block the street from traffic; and the paramedics wait close in case of injuries. If there are injuries, they go into action. In an arson fire, the police and fire departments work collectively to find the person who potentially put the emergency workers in harm’s way and caused the destruction.

“Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” (Philippians 2:2–5 NLT)

Just as in high school, in the military, and in about every profession we have, there is rivalry between departments. Sometimes it’s friendly words—firefighters flinging jokes towards the police, and vice versa. Other times, there is tension between the groups that leads to animosity and dislike. I’m not sure why this happens. I personally appreciate all emergency workers and can’t imagine what this world would be like without them. Without team cooperation, many more would die daily and suffering would increase in number and seriousness. There would be more homelessness. Violence would escalate.

In Philippians 2, Paul shares how we are to have an attitude like Christ’s. We must love one another and work together without being self-centered. We must put others before ourselves, assisting those we perhaps do not even want to be around. That is when we should look deep within ourselves.

Is there someone in your life you don’t want to be around? Is there someone you dread to work with, and when your paths cross your skin crawls, and you wish you were somewhere else? If so, it’s time to take a look at yourself. God never promised it would be easy to love others; in fact, Jesus showed us how to love the unlovable. Just keep in mind, as the light shines, darkness disappears.

Prayer:

Lord, show me where in my life I can become a better team member. Help me dig deep inside to pull out anything that keeps me from loving others and hinders my growth. Teach me to have an attitude like yours: selfless, loving, and humble. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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