By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. – Ecclesiastes 4:12
If you’re a football fan, then you probably know that Ohio State had a record 12 players selected in the first four rounds of the recent NFL draft. That’s amazing. What’s perhaps even more amazing is that with all that talent the Ohio State Buckeyes were not one of the final four teams in the college football playoffs in 2015.
When it comes to team sports individual talent is important, but playing together as a team ultimately leads to success.
That’s true in life too. You can be crazy talented (or crazy rich, crazy successful or crazy ordinary) but to truly be successful in life you need a team around you. So, who is on your team?
Who on your team is an Accountability Partner? An Accountability Partner holds your feet to the fire of the commitments you make to being your very best self, and cheers you on every step of the way.
Who on your team is a Heart Specialist? A Heart Specialist gives you space to feel what you feel and encourages you to give it voice, providing the necessary safety for vulnerability.
Who on your team is a Spiritual Companion? A Spiritual Companion journeys with you to the heights and depths of your soul, reminding you of your ultimate purpose for living.
Who on your team is a Personal Trainer? A Personal Trainer pushes you, challenges you and stretches you to greater growth, telling you the hard truth with great love.
Make a list of the people in your life who fulfill those roles. Thank them and let them know how important they are to your success in life. And if you’re missing one of those positions on your team, spend some time in prayer and reflections, asking God to help you draft the team members you need.
And while you’re at it, consider what kind of team member you’re being to the most important people in your life. Playing together as a team really is the secret to success. You’d be crazy to go it alone.
Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN.