daipur is called the ‘city of lakes’ and it attracts hundreds of migratory birds from around the world. Migratory birds are such a joy to watch. Have you ever wondered how they are able to travel such long distances in single migratory season? The key lies in teamwork! The geese take exhaustive journey and fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. As the geese flap their wings, they create uplift for the bird following it. They fly in V-formation which adds more than 70% greater flying range to the whole flock than if each bird flew alone. It is teamwork which makes such a herculean task achievable.
Teams are at different levels. There are no sports which do not have any team. Do you think chess, F1 racing and golf are individual sports? Think again! There is a TEAM behind any endeavor. Christopher Columbus discovered America–there was a team behind him, Thomas Elva Edison invented bulb–a team of 21 professors were doing calculations for him. Wilbur and Orville Wright–inventors of first plane in 1903–were not wrong when they worked together; they made the adage, ‘sky is the limit’ more meaningful when they worked creatively as a team to invent the first plane. Teamwork simply means the combined effective action of a group to achieve a common goal. A t-shirt quote rightly says T.E.A.M stands for: Together Everyone Achieves More. It becomes a force when we work synergistically.
When right people are added at the right place, they add value and a forward thrust to the team.
Bible is replete with teams and teamwork–Adam and Eve, Moses and his leaders, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Paul and Silas, Gideon and his 300 men, Jesus’ 12 disciples and many more. One dynamic and incredible team I know of is in Nehemiah chapter three. For a clear picture we must read chapter 1 and 2 painstakingly. I know it’s tiring to read chapters when we have capsule verses to fit our needs. We don’t want to bother our eyeballs and disturb our fingers to flip the pages. But amazingly, we ourselves are an individual team. Our mind and body work in congruence. No wonder, when people get drunk, we say that the person is not in his right mind, because his body does not match his impaired state of mind. But, Nehemiah demonstrated a mind-blowing intellect and action-packed plan to assemble a team to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem! He was the ‘Man-In-Action’. He had a dream–to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and a team.