For teams to be a team, each member must know, honor, and trust in the roles in and on the team, including the one they occupy. It is not enough to have good intentions. A casual approach, ignoring boundaries, will not help the team reach the highest potential. Even if one knows and honors the boundaries, trust in the end will prove to be the most elusive and critical ingredient. Without trust being present, nothing is sustainable.
Great teams are often temporary creatures. They come together, driven by purpose, intent, and a shared goal. For a time, members honor each other. For a period, boundaries are celebrated. Even trust finds a place. Yet, trust is the glue that keeps the team intact. If one looks, you will usually find trust in the middle of intense battles with ego, selfishness, and pride. Even with the survival of the team at stake, trust often loses out to the individual.
I am part of several different teams. Family is a great one. The new company is another. There are several different friendship teams as well. In each, I can measure the strength of the team. I can often see the weaknesses that haunt each member, including myself. I also find myself rediscovering hope. I can see it in the eyes of those around me.
I also know I am part of God’s team. I can see hope and potential. I know the potential that exists, at least some of it. I also find myself struggling with trust. I hear God’s words, “I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that's what I do. I don't keep a list of your sins.” (Isaiah 43.25) Yet, I still find myself wondering if I am accepted. I have head knowledge while struggling with heart trust.
You and I cannot do everything for everybody. Often we struggle to do what we need for our self. God offers us a place on Divinity’s team. Today is our opportunity to exercise and realize trust. We have our roles, so does God.
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