February 7

Try to remember picking teams for kickball at recess. You impatiently shifted from foot to foot anxiously awaiting the start of the game. As the mini draft drew to a close, try to picture the last couple of kickball players left on the sidelines. What did these wanna be athletes look like? Was it fair that those particular kids were picked last?

In the movie, The Boys in the Boat, the soon to be heralded rowing team from the University of Washington was struggling to catch their stride. Their coach couldn’t understand their lack of success. He felt like they had assembled a talented group of individuals but were still experiencing a lack of success. He was having a conversation with his assistant coach and they were on the verge of disbanding the team when the coach had one last idea… He would change the coxswain.

If you look at an eight man few team most of the members will look alike. They are tall, with broad shoulders shaped like an upside down triangle. One member of the team, though is not like the others. He is hunched over in the stern of the boat, a tiny, if not scrawny individual shouting instructions to the “real” athletes, this is the coxswain. “From the moment the shell is launched, the coxswain is the captain,” wrote Daniel James Brown in his bestselling  The Boys in the Boat. “He or she must exert control, both physical and psychological, over everything that goes on in the shell.”

The coxswain is a little like a kicker on a football team, their appearance is obviously different from the other participants and they might seem less important than the others, until they don’t! The coxswain and the kicker remind us that every team member has a position to play. Every position, every role, every player is important!

God’s team is no different than an eight man crew or a football team, every team member is important and contributes to the team’s wins! This Sunday at Wallula we will have our Ministry Team Fair. This event will be a great time for you to be exposed to the many service opportunities at Wallula. You can meet the ministry team leaders and ask any questions or just be exposed to the different teams. Don’t stay on the sidelines, like at recess, get involved in the game!

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

- 1 Corinthians 12:21-27