Tuesday, April 1, 2008

it takes all of us :: Tuesday E-Devotion

Those race teams are huge.  The jack man, gas man, can holder, couple tire changers, over the wall guy, crew chief, chef, team owner, spotter and more.  That's from the race.  Then you move to the fan area where commercial USA is trying to get a piece of the action and they bring in their entire gang.  It takes everyone to get the job done.
As the track I have the honor of transporting fans who have had to go to the hospital at the track.  Those are good God kind of talks as we head back to their car, camper or seat in the stands.  Typically they are with a group of people, and I love watching the family or group care for their sick or injured friend or loved one.  It takes everyone.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of Raceway Ministries and of The Community Fellowship.  It takes all of us to get the job done.  Everyone has a place.  Everyone is important.  Everyone is needed on so many levels.  What excites me most is that we become like a team the more we work and the more heart we put into the work.  God is guiding us in sweet directions because it takes all of us.
The racing scene just draws this picture in such a clear way for me.
Philippians 2:2 (nlt) --- Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
What happens when one member of the team falls or fails?  It hurts the entire team.
1 Corinthians 12:22,26 (nlt) --- In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary ... If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
As I watch those race teams do their stuff, I am amazed at how good and how fast they can have their driver and car back in the race.  If we will do our part, the same thing will happen at the church and beyond.  We have to do our part.  We have to get involved.  Again, when one person is not in the picture, the entire team suffers.  How can we get more folks to get on the team and take their place in the work?
Hebrews 10:24 (nlt) --- Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
It takes all of us!

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