Funny that this word comes up now. Recently our work group has been huddling over what it means to be a team; to work as a team; to be a member of a team.
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At the end of it all it means togetherness. Cliché, I know, but there's no "I" in team. Period.
We weren't designed to be alone, to do it all on our own. God's Word, in the very picture of the Church, is togetherness. Starting with our togetherness in God through Christ and the Holy Spirit. A togetherness that is oneness. That oneness fuels our purpose and enables us to practice this togetherness.
This togetherness is based in service. We work together and serve one another. In our togetherness no one alone gives. We give and receive; give and take; back and forth; again and again. Together we can. Alone, well, is lonely.
Aloneness has its time and place but we are rarely called to give aloneness a right to be front and center. In our separation, times of quiet and seeming aloneness we are able to renew our spirits through all that is whispered to it by the Spirit. Empty for refilling, we are ready again for togetherness.
Agreed, we sometimes leave our time of quiet aloneness kicking and screaming, not feeling ready or equipped to face togetherness, but grace upon grace, perpetual grace, gently whispers, "Go. Yes, you can. Trust Me."
Ready, set, go. Not just for Five Minute Friday but for the busyness of the day; for purpose; for togetherness.
Your Turn: How do you benefit from togetherness?