I draw a lot of analogies to life whenever I watch sporting activities particularly soccer as I see a lot of parallels to many things in our own lives. Whenever we hear the word great as pertaining to sports the people that come to mind are the stars that make the news headlines most of the time. In soccer these could be people like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, for example.
While these players are extremely talented the media puts across the false notion that without these people the rest of the team are doomed. Nothing great can be achieved by an individual; it is only by team effort. The truth is that EVERYONE on a team is important to an organization? overall success. This applies on the sports field, in business, in our families, community and church. While some individuals may contribute more than others the ones that seemingly contribute less are still very important.
I read in the book, “Wooden on Leadership” by the late, but famous, varsity basketball coach John Wooden that competitive greatness is achieved when each member of the team gives his best efforts for the common goal. You become great by SERVING your team, and you serve your team by giving everything you’ve got in your arsenal. In other words, you achieve greatness when you give 100% of your effort to your team’s cause.
John Wooden obviously knew what he was talking about as he is arguably the most successful college basketball coach there has been to date. He won 10 national championships with the UCLA Bruins teams that he coached. The world often paints a distorted picture about serving implying that it’s degrading to one’s character. Without genuine service the world would be in chaos.
Are there areas in your life where you have been looking for greatness but it has always seemed to be eluding you? What you need to do is develop leadership qualities. How do you develop those leadership qualities? You develop them by learning to serve others. I read in a book that you are qualified to lead only to the degree that you are willing to serve.
The world teaches us that to become great means having a number of people being at your service. That is the exact opposite of how the Kingdom of God operates. Godly leadership skills teach you to serve others and not the other way round. That is a worthwhile lesson to remember.
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ said it well, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)
Are YOU a good servant to your team?
Be all you can be!