esprit de corps
it’s fall. and this football thing is in the air. i grew up in harlan, iowa, and football has long had a great deal of importance there. i live near parkersburg, iowa, and the ed thomas story was just published and released recently. it is lying on the hall table, waiting to tell the story of a good man’s life. a hero of sorts. a man who ever pushed for teamwork. a man who ever pushed for attention to faith. to family. to football [or whatever may come next for you if football isn’t necessarily your third thing].
our son jonathan is seventeen now. a junior at forest city high. intense about football. especially this time of year. i snapped these shots last friday night at the game in waterloo at columbus high. has been a pleasure to watch these guys begin to play more and more like a team this year. sitting on the sidelines watching our son and his young cohorts stirs all kinds of thoughts and emotions for me.
like this equipment bag… the team comes with all of this stuff. not just equipment, but gifts. talent. passion. and they arrive at the field with intention. having prepared by pushing themselves. being pushed by each other and the coaches.
there is a certain need and respect for individuality. individual contribution. offering what you have. freely. giving it to the team for the common good. utilizing each other’s strengths and making up for each other’s weaknesses. to play well. to win. to be an integral part of something greater than self.
we are all parts of the Body of Christ. more alike than different in the human condition, yet all unique in some way as well. we’re all equipped to live and carry out a vital function. but living and carrying out that vital function serves it’s purpose most effectively, most significantly when we are connected to the community. the team, so to speak. both giving and receiving. letting life flow into us and through us. investing our best energy in ways that help others reach their best as well. and what we can accomplish together is so much greater than what we can do alone.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…” – I Corinthians 12: 4-7