What does it really mean to be a "team"?
To build something greater than us, requires a non-negotiable move to make an investment.
An investment requires a deposit,
and a deposit requires a sacrifice.
We have to do without a part of us, so that it can bring a greater return outside of us.
Is there a risk in investment?
So how do we reconcile the risk? How do we calculate if it's worth it to be that vulnerable?
When we invest in a person, or a team, how do we trust it's the right decision?
Here's the thing...
We weren't called to pre-determine the outcome, just invest in the relationship(s).
Outcomes known ahead of time remove the strength that the journey provides on the way.
Jesus offers us a relationship with him, knowing full well we will let him down at some point. Think about that for a minute. He knows it will happen, and he still does it freely.
If he can do that for us, who are we not to do that for one another?
We are hard-wired to do life as a part of something much larger than ourselves.
When we do?
Victory is sweeter.
Defeat is more bearable.
Questions have answers.
Grief has company.
Adversity has support.
The list goes from being a personal point of pain, to becoming a collective opportunity.
The upcoming season is just around the corner.
What is your intentional plan to invest in the relationships on your team?
Every relationship that is authentic, starts with a deposit.
That is a sacrifice worth making.
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Brett W. Gould
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