Thursday, April 14, 2011

It Takes A Team

"The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zaccur son of Imri built next to them"
(Nehemiah 3:2).

To do anything of great and lasting value, it must be bigger than you!  To do so will take more than just you and what you have to offer.  In the book of Nehemiah, the focus is on building this wall that symbolizes the strength, the security, the pride of what once was a great city.  Now, they face great opposition.  The work is vast, and can be largely overwhelming.

This verse in Nehemiah is one in a line of many that reflect one main idea: everyone was doing their part to accomplish what needed to be done.  No one was overwhelmed with the idea of the "entire" project.  They each had a section to do, and it was connected to someone else's work.  Everyone was connected.  In order for there to be a great and lasting success, each person had to realize that there part mattered.

Face it.  It's true.  Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed with the big picture.  The expectations that we can put on ourselves to try and figure everything out at one time can be quite debilitating.  Instead, we need to break it down, divide it up, and delegate it out.  Life is about relationships.  It's about being a part of a team, and realizing that a team is more than one person.  We need to see that when everyone has their own part and they know it's connected to each other AND the bigger picture.  That is when success becomes possible.

You're not in this alone.  If you feel alone, check your heart and see if you have sold yourself short, that your part doesn't matter.  It's not important what others think.  It hurts when you feel undervalued, but you must realize that you are important, and that God has a place for you.  But, knowing that is only part of the process.  You have to stand up and step out and take your place on that wall.  Be a part of a team.  If people aren't reaching out to you, start reaching out to them.  In time, you will begin to see what God can do, not just through an individual, but through individuals that realize the power of being connected to a team.

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