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Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

There’s nothing like team pride, team spirit and team chemistry. All three are not physical, tangible, animate objects so you can’t quantify them, meaning you can’t compute their quantity or calculate their capacity. Yet and still these ingredients are vitally important to the health and welfare of a winning team. With them, a team is not guaranteed success, but without them a team is almost guaranteed failure.

Team pride is owning your team when they win and not disowning them when they lose. It’s rooting hard when they’re down by double digits, and yelling louder when they up by an insurmountable margin. Team pride is wearing the colors during the offseason, and touting the jersey on the day of the big game. There’s nothing like being on your team’s side. There’s nothing like a winning team’s ride. Nothing.

There’s nothing like team spirit. The USA defeated Ghana 2-1 and it seemed like everywhere I went, people were watching and waving, yelling and screaming in support of our team. It was fun to be a part of. I mean, it was like we won the how dag gum thing!

Team spirit and team chemistry is what the Bible calls unity. Unity is not uniformity. We can all wear the same uniform and not be unified. Quite the contrary, unity means we all have the same aim and the same end, the same goal line and the same goalie.

Team chemistry means “things” work, on and off the court, on and off the field. If it’s broke, it’s fixed; if it’s damaged, it’s repaired; if it’s inoperable, it’s restored to working condition, because team chemistry requires that EVERYTHING be in working order. It’s working together and singing together and functioning as a well-oiled machine. The Bible says unity is “being on one accord,” “being of the same mind,” and “be likeminded one toward another.”

Team chemistry requires a selfless spirit and a humble heart; they are prerequisites for team chemistry. Just ask the San Antonio Spurs, the new and present poster child for team chemistry. They have players from different continents playing together as if they grew up together. It’s was quite impressive to watch.

And so we quote the Apostle Paul, who put it so well: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
So when it comes to team pride, team spirit and team chemistry, just remember this: when we’re all rowing together, we’ll all get to where we’re going together, and all that much faster.

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