BY LEANN DILBECK –
The letter “I” is skinny and harmless, right? Its appearance alone doesn’t reflect strength. There are no roots to keep it grounded nor are there any branches reaching out either TO help or FOR help. To me, “I” and its numeric sister, “I” are symbolic of a life lived self-involved and self-centered.
We don’t often think of “life” as being a team effort or a team sport, do we? But teamwork is defined as “cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.” With that being said, I can’t imagine anything more in the interests of a common cause than LIFE itself.
It’s particularly troubling to me to encounter individuals in life who fele that they have ended up wherever they may be… at the top or even at the bottom… without any contribution from others. The fact is, whether we’ve attained great success or great failure, there have been many along life’s journey who have contributed… good or bad.
Team isn’t just a word for sports. For example, few business owners/leaders have ever achieved success without at least one individual, and usually an entire team of individuals, who have contributed their talents and dedication to achieve a common vision. And yet so many, completely absent of any humility, will boats of what “I have built.” They will fail to acknowledge nor reward those who worked and sacrificed for them to achieve their vision because they believe that “they” themselves achieved it single-handedly.
God’s vision for us as mankind was never built on that concept. His Word is filled of reminders of His masterful design for us, which was never to act alone. Just one example in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says,
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
The latter of that scripture can sometimes be the result of a life lived focused solely on “I.” When we acknowledge, invest, encourage, edify, and contribute back to others who do so for us, you have a team. You get what you give and sometimes, it’s when you are at the bottom… it is at that moment when no one is there to help you back up that you realize your life has been spent focusing on investing only in yourself.
Some think it’s simply “different” personalities who are more giving or considerate of others. It is not a personality trait but rather the fruit of the Spirit of someone who is much more focused on living for the “I” – the One and only Jesus Christ.
All for His Glory –