Those of us who are strong and able need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter.  Romans 15:1

Many coaches offer the advice: “Pick each other up”. To help each other, you must understand each other. You must be keenly aware of your teammates’ strengths and weaknesses, thus discovering when and how to step in and help “pick them up”.

All teams are composed of players with diverse levels and types of strength, size, skill, character, etc. It is the ability to blend these differences into solidarity that creates unstoppable teams. Knowing your brothers well enough to wade right into their lives and provide the support they need to excel is the ultimate fuel for teamwork.

Exercise care in using what you discern about others, reflecting your efforts as “service” to them and to the team. Although often awkward and inconvenient, using our personal strengths to pick up those who have fallen – that is the stuff that heroes are made of – and rare are those who are so gifted. Truly cohesive teams are bonded by the strength of serving each other.

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for Himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out.  Romans 15:1-3(TMSG)


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