Growing up in elementary and jr. high school, I was generally one of the last ones picked for any team. It really had nothing to do with my skills but rather with my weight. I was very overweight, and it really impacted the other kids’ opinions of me. I was a decent enough athlete, but I couldn’t run as fast, jump as high, or be as quick as many of my friends and peers. I wanted to be on the team, but my overweight condition impacted the desire that I had to contribute positively. Later, in high school and college, I developed physically and dropped a lot of weight. My perspective on athletics and being on a team really changed. I felt very honored and thankful to be able to participate. I wanted to be an encouragement to the rest of my teammates, and I ultimately wanted our team to excel.
I think that all of us want to be on the team! We all want to contribute. But, it is hard when you want to be on the team and nobody wants you. It’s equally hard to see people who are on the team but who don’t want to be on the team or see the team excel in a positive way.
I believe that attitudes like this surface in our day to day operations at Faith Christian School. The Lord has richly blessed us with many great “teammates” – or families. I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for folks who participated and served at this year’s Eagle Auction. What a great evening! We also have folks who serve in many other ways like SCRIP, Prayer Partners, School Kitchen, etc. Our school can be characterized by folks who are on the team and regardless of their position, they contribute to the overall success of the team.
Being part of the team at FCS includes the understanding that along with choosing Faith Christian School as your educational choice for your children, there is the additional responsibility and blessing of backing and support by ALL families. I receive a fair amount of input from folks during the course of the week. Here is a snippet from an appreciative and understanding parent: “We sent our son to a private school so that he could receive a “Christian” Education. It absolutely was a “choice” that my family made. However, paying for that “choice” was also taken into consideration. We have had to sacrifice the “extras” so that we could afford to send him to Faith… These sacrifices help us to appreciate Faith!”
Being a part of the team not only means being responsible for tuition but also the extras (fees, fundraisers, supplies, trips, etc.) that are crucial for the continued success of the entire team. Some teammates have been blessed with unusual talent and ability, and it is a joy to see these folks contribute accordingly. It’s also a blessing to see many others simply “do what they can”, and yet positively add to the overall direction of the team.
A challenge that every team goes through is the goal to have every player on the same page and playing their position well. How should a team react when players are either not contributing or are playing out of position? I Thessalonians 5:14, gives us some direction: “And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.” To admonish is to advise someone to do or not do something. If you are part of the FCS Team and you wonder if you are playing out of position – please – ask your teammates or coach; look for ways to get involved; look for ways to make the team stronger. There are so many different ways to make a difference here at Faith. To sit on the sidelines and not be involved can be disheartening to watch. We have a great need for team players and the talents and opportunity that each of them possess to make a great impact at Faith.
As a school “team” – we are in some amazingly crucial games right now. Our boys basketball theme this year is “All In!” We need the entire team to be running
on all cylinders, in the same direction. We need all of our families to be contributing teammates and to help us have a successful and rewarding year. I look forward to running this race together…. Meet you at the Finish Line!