Coaches often talk about the value of a group of athletes working as one synchronized unit—individuals flowing in sync and responding to one another with ease and freedom. The team clicks into where the ball or puck moves from one to another as if carried by some unseen magnetic force. They are in the zone! Each player knows his or her unique role and gives focused energy and attentiveness to that role.
I had the privilege of being a part of a winning team this spring break. Individuals flowed in sync and responded to one another as we each found our unique role serving our friends in San Luis, Mexico. We were in the zone! Traveling, building, worshiping, relating, giving to others, and receiving from others were the characteristics of this team. Coach Eric Muhr set us up for an incredible week by modeling what it means to “use whatever gift you have received to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10). His coaching ability most definitely gained him a place in the Equipo Hall of Fame and in our hearts as well.
I marvel at the hours of practice and preparation that carried our group forward and equipped us to be ready to face the grueling game conditions of heat, unusual terrain, hard work, and unseen obstacles to overcome. God’s deep presence, power, and strength were evident as homes were built, friendships with our San Luis partners were renewed, and cultural divides continued to fall away. For a full list of the roster of this team see the March 20 edition of Your NFC—All-Star caliber for sure. The highlight film is chock full of those who were, “faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). Thank you to the whole NFC community for supporting this team and cheering us on to victory. We couldn’t have done it without you. To God be the glory and honor and praise. May we each one continue to give our lives to the kingdom of Jesus Christ as we settle into the zone with one another and practice each and every day those skills and abilities that God uses as we move in this game of life.