Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, the Australian Cricket team, the McLaren racing team, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team all have one common trait that has guaranteed them success over the years – TEAMWORK.
Every leader knows that if you can get people working as one unit, pursuing the same purpose and vision, success is generally guaranteed. I have observed countless times where coaches have used half-time intervals to encourage and motivate their players to work as a unit, so as to reduce and offset any deficit created during the initial period of play.
The importance of having a mindset of unity within a team and facilitating effective teamwork is highlighted in 1 Corinthians 1 verse 10:
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
As the Scripture points out, creating an atmosphere of unity is first initiated in our minds and thoughts before being manifested by our actions. Jesus understood the importance of fostering unity. Prior to His departure He prayed to God that we remain as one, as seen in John 17 verse 11:
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.
Shalom – Love Never Fails
©Insight for the Day 2014