Dedication is one necessity; another necessity for Yukon Quest success is teamwork. Frank Turner puts it best; “In the Yukon Quest race we live by the team: it’s all about the team. There’s no I or me, it’s only we and us.”
I’m no dog musher, but I do know that a team of dogs going in different directions won’t get anywhere fast. The dogs not only need to work hard, they need to work together. For a successful run of the Yukon Quest you will need to dedicate ample amounts of time and have unparalleled teamwork.
Interestingly, these two necessities (time and teamwork) were identified as key factors in the growth of the early church (see Acts 2:42-46). They are also two of the greatest challenges the church faces today. In Jesus’ prayer (John 17:11) He prays, “Protect them by the power of your name… that they may be one as we are one”. Unity doesn’t just happen on it’s own. At times it is a lot of hard work. It means putting the interests of others before myself. This is not something easy, sometimes it seems impossible. Maybe it takes 10,000 hours of practice (in which case I’m sure I have at least another 9,000 hours of practice to go). But I do know that Satan thrives on creating discord within the church and for that reason we must always be on our guard against it.
As I mentioned last Sunday from the pulpit, we do have a church were there is good teamwork. Where there is a need, people respond, almost always without being asked. I not only see this myself, others who visit this church see it as well—and they tell me about it.
I thank God for such a church. Unity and teamwork are the greatest “gifts” you can give your pastors, and you’re giving it throughout the year.
On behalf of Megan, Clayton and myself, let me thank you for this gift and encourage you to continue working together as the Body of Christ because in the end, it’s not about “I or me”, and it’s not even about “us”; it’s all about Him. To Him be the glory.