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Lessons from the Celtics on Community

So, the Celtics won the NBA Finals.  If you've watched them play you know that they possess great team chemistry.  Indeed, last night's game proved that it doesn't matter which team has the best player on the planet; it matters which team plays best as a team. 

I think the most satisfying thing to watch is when a team possesses a lot of good players who know their role and go out and do it.  Take Rajon Rondo for example.  The Louisville native started 0 for 5 from the field but kept playing hard on the defensive end and wound up with 6 steals that ignited the Celtics toward the championship.  Does Rondo have flaws in his game?  Sure he does.  You and I might stand a chance in beating him at a game of HORSE!  Okay, maybe not.  But Rondo is an example of someone finding himself in the context of a team and doing his part to make the team succeed.

Deep down, all of us want to discover who we really are.  We long to find ourselves and be ourselves.  Sadly, most of us seek out our purpose on our own, not realizing that the best way to find out who we are is in the context of community.

Charles Drew, in his excellent book called, A Journey Worth Taking, says the following:

God means the church to be the best and safest place to discover and be yourself ... I will only find myself as I learn to listen to others and give myself away in love to others.

Doc Rivers, head coach of the Celtics, says something shockingly similar,

A person is a person through other people.  Because as good as you are, you can only be great or get what you want through other people.

So the challenge for us is simply this--learn from the Celtics that the best way to find out who you are and be who you are is through community.  As Charles Drew says, "Community draws us out.  It unveils us."  And may I add, leads us--deeper into community with God Himself. 

  • Read Zach's post, A Celtic Win and the Body of Christ
  • Read my review of the book, A Journey Worth Taking