God loves teams. The very first team was the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Adam and Eve were created to be a team of two and then as children were born, a family team. God encouraged teams for Moses of tens, hundreds and thousands. Jesus had a team of twelve and an even closer team of three. Many of us love team sports and have even played them. Teams work together for a common goal through common values and a common plan. Teams practice every day at becoming better in their sport or their sales goals.
When a team begins to fight with or pick on one another, they defeat themselves. Something I call the Terrell Owens syndrome is when a team member sees himself as more valuable than his teammates. These types of thoughts eventually lead him to feeling superior through thinking the team needs him but he doesn’t need the team. Team members watch each other’s backs. (Think Michael Orr when he was learning the game of football portrayed in the movie Blind Side.) Teams have their differences, but they realize they cannot hold on to them or it will affect the outcome of the game.
How are you working on team in your marriage? If your marriage was a professional doubles tennis team, what would need to change in order for you to be in sync on the court? Or, if you were a professional dance team, how would you anticipate your partner’s next move so that you can move with him?