Many of you have asked how Chase is doing. Chase is our 15 year old who is Autistic. This past January he started Public School. He loves it and loves being around all the kids.  Then he tried out for the track team, the regular track team. Chase doesn’t grasp the concept of beating others which is good and bad.  So Chase tried out with 50 other kids. When the tryouts were over Chase made the team! I don’t think he grasps how big it is for a special needs person to be on a normal athletic team. But if I could pick any team for him to be on it would be this one. The coaches are amazing, truly amazing. They look at the kids heart more than the outward appearance. God also looks that way.

1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Then there are the other kids on the team. They give Chase such respect and encouragement that I am truly honored to watch this unfold. I was not going to say the name but to give credit it is Bradley Middle School near Charlotte, NC.  It has been 38 years since I was at a track practice but they have adopted me as an assistant coach for distance runners. In the team picture yesterday the coaches asked me to stand in the picture.  I got to stand near Chase which is such a huge milestone in so many ways. When Chase was diagnosed with Autism when he was 4 years old all the dreams that we had for him were put on hold. Now a dream has come back. He is part of a GREAT team. Great n the fact that these kids work together for a common goal. I will let you know how Chase does as the season progresses.

So it is with the body of Christ that we are on the same team. Do we treat others by how good they look, what car they drive or what they can do for us in return?  Or do we try to see someone else’s heart and treat them as God sees them.

Romans 12:5, 6 “so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us….”

We are a team and we are only as strong as our weakest link. What do we do with your weakest link? In this world we would throw them out and get someone else. But in Gods plan we are to encourage our weakest link and help build them up. It may take carrying them for awhile. But know this;  you may have to be carried at some point too. Never be too proud to think you can do this alone, NEVER!!!!

We all have different gifts that when used together can do awesome things for the Kingdom. When used alone we may do well for awhile but in the end we will falter and fail. I have never known anyone to do a great job that doesn’t have a huge support network. Not only a huge support network but also acknowledges that they do. Pride-fullness and arrogance will never be part of the team. In order to be part of the team you have to be willing to take criticism in a constructive way and be able to be a servant. If you think you are beyond reproach then you are not really part of the team.

There is an overlooked verse in the Bible that has to do with the Tower of Babel that I would like you to read. Most people would think that the Lord confused the people’s languages because they tried to build a tower to the heavens. While this is true there is another verse which is the essence of teamwork.

Genesis 11:6 “The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”

What a great metaphor for a family, company or sports team. A lot of times we are on a team but very rarely do we all speak the same language. One may go this way and one may go that way but how often does everyone get in sync with each other. It usually takes a great leader to help people get the most out of themselves, to believe in themselves. I have known a few great leaders and they lead by example. They have proven themselves faithful. Then they pass on their non arrogant attitude to the rest of the team. The team is never about one man.

One team, many members and we have to make sure that we leave no one behind! We are there to pray, encourage, give Godly advice FOR A COMMON GOAL.

The question today is, “Do you even know what your common goal is?” In everything that you do pick a great team with the Lords help. Then whatever you thought was difficult will be able to be done in the power of the Lords strength. Victory is sweet when it is the Lords victory. When it is not, it creates a very hollow feeling, one that will never be satisfied.

Have a great day and try today to be part of a great team. If you are not take the high road and pray for all those around you. God will hear your prayers and change will come. Go Mavericks!!!

Brad