“Know the Situation”
To be postured for success in any game or for any given play, you have to “know the situation”. What inning is it? How many outs? What’s the count? Who is this hitter? Who is on deck?
There are plenty of questions to ask to evaluate what your response needs to be in a given situation. A good coach, through instruction and practice prepares his players for a particular situation. Successful players prepare physically and mentally. An individual or team’s preparation will be exposed in the cross-hairs of opportunity. What a great parallel to life. In life, we are constantly facing a variety of situations that test our resolve, our character, our preparation, our patience, etc. For those of us who follow Christ, we have not just a coach for life, but a savior, Lord and friend. By following Christ and submitting to his loving guidance and instruction from his word, we have all we need for any situation life may throw at us.
2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and us useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God will be thoroughly equipped for every good work”.
There are several qualities of a good teammate:
- He is Prepared: Be prepared individually to help my team succeed
- He is an Encourager: Be secure enough to celebrate someone else’s success
- He Leads by example: Attitude, Body Language, Work ethic speaks volumes
- He is courageous: Willing to speak up
These are just four of many qualities that make for a good teammate. Of these four, I think that being courageous as it relates to speaking up is the most difficult. I’m not talking about speaking up in the context of whining about a bad call, criticizing a teammates mistake, or blaming someone or something for your own blunder. I’m talking about coming along side a teammate or friend and from a place of concern speaking up if they are heading in the wrong direction. It’s risky to speak up, we often fear it could jeopardize the relationship. That’s why it takes courage. Don’t go passive! Even if your words are met with some initial resistance, a quality teammate will listen and know that you care.
Proverbs: 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one mans sharpens another”