Monday, October 17, 2011

15 mistakes I made while working w/men: Mistake #9

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24, HCSB.

9 - Be a team player
            I think that I have been able to learn this by watching the men interact. Have you ever noticed that the men seem to respect and respond to whoever the leader is? They seem to have more of a pack mentality. They expect there to be a leader and they act like a team and follow the one in charge. Even if they disagree, the way they get ahead is to work harder and be even more of a team player.
            Being a team player means that we play our positions and we play them well. It is all about the team and God, the ultimate coach. Sports have a clear set of rules and positions for the players. Somehow, as women, we are not content to just play our positions well, we want to jump ahead and score and get all the credit. When there are clear rules, we want to be the exception. Whether we intend to do it or not, we want things to revolve around us. Especially in ministry, we need to learn to be team players and play for the good of the whole.
Excerpts from Women Leading Women: The Biblical Model for the Church, Chapter Six, Serving with Men, by Jaye Martin.