Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017 - Team Identity

I love to see teams that have an identity! In other words, teams that when you hear their name you can immediately picture how they play. I think back a few decades to the Nolan Richardson coached Arkansas Razorbacks; they were known for the frenetic defensive full court pressing they did… for the whole game! In fact, it was nicknamed “40 minutes of Hell.” Or last year when I coached a group of 5th and 6th grade girls and labeled them the “Greedy Girls” because of the intensity that they went after the ball; they wanted the basketball! Bottom line is these are examples of cultures that are built in teams…

One of the things we do in our outreaches is emphasize the plan to “Go MAD!” (to Go Make A Difference!) In fact one of our coaches (David Wilson) has taken to the level of teaching that we need to create “MAD Culture!” Coach David is right on with this plan!

I was preparing a devotion this morning for our students and used the following verses:

·         1 Peter 2:12 “Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak evil against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
·         Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Do you see the theme here? Our lives should glorify God and cause others to do the same… Examine your life and ask the following:

·         What do others see when they look at my life?
·         Is my life characterized by putting the spotlight on myself or putting it on God?

Would your culture be characterized as being MAD? Let’s make sure our “team” has an identity!

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