Being Part Of The Team

The life of the golf professional may seem glamorous as these talented men and women get to play on the best golf courses in the world. But in reality, it is often a lonely nomadic existence from one state and country to another, one hotel room to another and one airport after another.

The grind of the pro-tour, week in, week out, trying to deal with the pressure of winning enough prize money to retain their place on the tour for the next season, often leads to an unhealthy absorption in self-interest. After the novelty wears off, players long to be part of something bigger than themselves and a cause with a greater communal purpose.

Recently the President's Cup was played at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club between teams representing The United States of America and The Rest of the World. Players such as Tiger Woods and Adam Scott both commented how they really enjoy and look forward to this team event with the camaraderie of teammates and the responsibility and honour of representing their country or the nations of the world.

Each match won gained a cherished point for their team aiming to reach 15.5 points to earn victory in the event. Every match won was celebrated by the players with their teammates with recognition for the contribution towards the goal of team success.

As Christians, we also get to have a greater sense of purpose, greater than ourselves, as we come together as a team to build God's family through love and service. Ephesians 4:11-16 says:

"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

As we begin the year 2020 *|FNAME|*, let's consider the work and part God has given each one of us to play to enable God's family to grow and be built up in love.

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers