I’m a big NBA fan and last night I watched the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship 4 games to 3. Upon reflecting on the game I thought of a couple similarities to our church family and our Raise the Bar (RtB) vision.
First, in the final minutes of the game there were three key plays at the end of game 7 to give them the championship: LeBron had an incredible blocked shot, Kyrie Irving stuck a three pointer in Stephon Curry’s face, and then Kevin Love played the defense of his life to stop Stephon Curry from a making a three pointer. LeBron is the star and the MVP of the finals, but he didn’t win the championship alone. He had significant contributions from his teammates. Without them there would be no championship.
The same is true for our vision. I may have the stage a good portion of the time each week, and I can proclaim the Raise the Bar vision ‘til I’m out of breath, but without you believing in it and acting on it the vision will not get accomplished. Vision is a team sport.
Secondly, the Cavaliers definitely had some team chemistry issues midway through the season. As you watched them play throughout the year you saw a lot of glares and passive aggressiveness from LeBron and other teammates. The reason? They did not trust each other. Eventually, the chemistry began to take shape. Why? They started to place their trust in each other.
How did they learn to trust each other? They started eating dinner together. That’s right! They ate together. One of the keys to the success of our vision is for us to be rich in relationships and to love one another as Jesus commanded. A simple way to do that is to eat together. So invite someone out to eat, or over to your home, and love one another. Jesus said, by this people will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.