Are You a Team Player?

[I]n Christ we who are many form one body.
                          —Romans 12:5

John Wooden, legendary basketball coach at UCLA, was insistent on team play. “There’s a reason basketball is played with five men on the court,” he said. “One man does not make a team.”

He forbade profanity and facial hair. In the 1970s, Bill Walton, one of the greatest players of all time, challenged Wooden’s authority, showing up with a beard and shaggy hair.

“I have a right to express myself,” he said.

“Does it mean that much to you?” asked the coach.


Wooden said, “I admire people who have strong convictions, Bill. I really do. We’re going to miss you.”

Walton shaved and got a haircut.

Are you a team player in your church? Willing to play whatever position the Lord puts you in for the good of the team?

When you transition from “me” to “we”
great things begin to happen.

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