I've spent much of my life working with teams. I coached basketball teams and later was able to lead fire teams. The best teams I worked with weren't good because of the strength of one or two people, they were good because they all worked well together, because each one knew their role and because they supported and encouraged one another. What makes teams work well is many different people, with different strengths, working together for a common goal. Like pieces of a puzzle, the parts of a team fit together and complement one another.
On Saturday, when the Calvary Running Team met for a run/walk, there was a woman sitting on the bench near the restrooms. She was a bit over weight, but she was preparing for a walk. I offered a couple words of encouragement and she asked about our group. After I told her a little about us, she said that she was walking to try to lose weight, but she wasn't able to run. She said she wished that she could run so she could join our group. I informed her that we had many people in our group that only walked and if she wanted to join us sometime, we would be honored to encourage her in her efforts to become more fit. She seemed surprised but thanked me for the invitation.
It reminded me that we all started somewhere, and if we have been successful, it's probably been because of the support of others. Improved fitness or the pursuit of any other goal is a growth process and it always works better if we have the support of a team.
The Apostle Paul told the church in Ephesus that they were to work like a team and when all the puzzle pieces worked together, the end result would be spiritual growth and maturity in the body of believers. "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Eph 4:11-13
Whether you are seeking improved fitness or spiritual growth, whether you are already a runner or just starting a walking program, we would be honored to team up with you and help you grow and succeed. The cool thing is, whoever you are, your puzzle piece will not only fit right in, but you will also bring something special and unique that will benefit the team as well.
If you would like join us for a run or walk this week we will twice. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the new Millrace extension to the Clearwater trail. It's on the corner of 32nd street and Jasper road, between Agnes Steward school and Douglas Gardens school. On Sunday we will meet at 3 pm at Clearwater trailhead. We will NOT be meeting on Saturday this week.
I hope to see you out there.
Have a great week!