CHURCH IS A TEAM SPORT
I grew up in a family that lived and breathed sports. Sports, especially football, were my Dad’s profession and passion. Most of us kids inherited that love of the game. After working in ministry for 15 years, it’s easy for me to see a correlation between sports and church. You see a wide variety of interest in both. Now, I have attended, and even hosted Super Bowl parties where no one really had a vested interest in the outcome of the game. The main focus was the creative snacks and watching the commercials. It was always fun, and there may even be a play or two that I talked about for the next few days. I’ve also been involved in my son’s football games. What a difference! Nothing compares to being two feet away from the team, seeing the slaps on the back for great plays, and hearing the encouragement when they make a mistake. Being able to run down the sideline yelling at the top of your lungs as one of the boys is making a great run or touchdown is such an amazing thing. You also hold your breath and pray, hanging on to each other when one of the kids doesn’t jump right back up. You can actually hear that sigh of relief when they are able to walk back over to the sideline and rejoin their teammates. Even bringing the snacks for the team or selling popcorn and cokes to raise money for uniforms is fun, because you are all in it together for the good of the kids. Church involvement is like that. The great thing about the church team is that you can actually be a player, whether it’s teaching kids or smiling at people as they come in the door. Just as with any sports team, there are places for everyone to make the church team run smoothly, from equipment handlers to cheerleaders. Your church team becomes a family that is ready to cheer on your accomplishments and lift you up when you fail. When someone gets sick, the whole church prays for your recovery and breathes that sigh of relief when you get back in the game. Even in the worst of times, you are surrounded by people who care and walk with you through the hard things life throws at all of us. My encouragement to you is to join the Pinnacle Team. Come run down the sidelines cheering on your friends and family. While the commercials and snacks are fun when you watch the game, it’s so much more rewarding when you are in the middle of the action!