Losing by Obstruction
Baseball is one of my passions. I love the game for many reasons…competition, strategy, and most of all watching the human element develop throughout a game. This past weekend the St. Louis Cardinals won Game 3 of the World Series on an Obstruction Call where the runner advanced to home to score the winning run. It was the right call, but the response of any Boston Red Sox fan was less than happy to say the least. I love the game and don't really have a team in this Series, but it did remind me of the obstruction that works to defeat all of us in our daily lives.
The one constant in life is that we are all flawed. These flaws are the basis for which all chaos begins. It doesn't matter how good a person you think you are, human nature will cause your thoughts and opinions to get in the way. We see this in ministry as people allow their personal opinions to develop a perspective that may not be the full picture and cloud their judgement. The person is not trying to be difficult, but the perspective can lead to obstruction and discourse. It comes back to leadership and trusting the team you are working with to do their part and you stay focused on doing yours.
I am amazed at how some people can have the best of intentions, but their attitude becomes an obstacle that becomes a barrier to success. Attitude can not be understated in a team's ability to execute their strategy. It is imperative that we don't let challenges negatively affect our ability to perform our roles. The team is one body that can only function as a single unit to achieve their goals. You play a very important role on your team, do not let the rest of the team down, regardless of what you perceive to be out of your control.
The Boston Red Sox could have let the tough call end their hopes for a Championship, but they bounced back last night and tied the series. We must continue to do the same as anything less than full focus is not going to get the job done. There is a team counting on you to do your part, God expects it, and your success will yield great dividends for the team!