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Focus is very important because it is the gateway to all thinking: perception, memory, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Without good focus, all aspects of your ability to think will suffer.
You will only go as high as your team.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
Alone you can run fast but with a team you can run far.
We are moving from individual, self-centered focus (this is not a negative) to team focus. It’s easy to focus on ourselves and the things that concern us as individuals, but it is equally important to have team focus. We can exponentially do so much more when we work with a focused team. I would even go so far as to say that a focused team has the potential to experience endless possibilities. Here are some biblical examples:
Tower of Babel – Genesis 11
Elijah and Elisha - 1st & 2nd Kings
Jesus and the Disciples – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Today we will look at team focus from the Book of Nehemiah.
So, what do we focus on as a team? The quick answer is the vision. Every team member must gather around the vision. Another way to say this is that every team member must gather around the end game.
Why are we gathering? Let’s talk about football for a minute. I really like football! To be truthful, though, I have to say that I l-o-v-e football! And in a football game, there are many moving parts: you have defense, offense, special teams, defensive line, offensive line, backfield - it goes on and on, but the whole team, with specialized players and all, huddles around one goal: to win the game! That’s why they gather, why they come together. Whether by defense, offense or a combination of both, the goal is to win. And every team member, regardless of his position, must be focused on this vision because one mistake by a single player can cost the entire team the game.
Nehemiah was faced with a very critical task: his job was to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem that had been torn down by the Babylonian invasion and years of neglect. Nehemiah had the desire and the vision to rebuild the walls, but he needed a focused team to get the task completed.
In Nehemiah 2:10-20 we see:
1. Nehemiah surveying the condition of the walls and gates.
2. The resistance that was bound to come from surrounding enemies.
3. The articulation of Nehemiah’s vision to a group of people who become part
of the team. “Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no
longer be a disgrace”.
Pitfalls of Team Focus
Resistance is defined as an attempt to prevent something by action or argument. Let’s refer back to the football example. Regardless of how much one team wants to score, the opposing team is on the field to stop that from happening. Every team will be challenged. Every team will encounter their Sanballats and Tobiahs (Nehemiah 2,) and must lean on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to overcome resistance.
This is what you experience when things take longer than you thought they would. If you or your team think every project will go off without a hitch and that nothing unexpected will happen, you’re living in a dream world. Deep focus is such a rare commodity in this hi-tech world and delay is the ultimate test of an already-rare commodity. How do you and the team stay focused in the midst of delay and resistance? I refer you back to vision. The vision - the end game - must always be the goal, and nothing short of that is acceptable.
What Satan can’t pollute he will try to dilute. The greatest attack against the team will come at its formation; the 2nd attack will come through infiltration as an attempt to dilute the focus of the team members.
Below I have listed some key points to consider when forming a team:
Jesus prays for his team - John 17
An effective team member takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.
An effective team member is one that has done the homework on themselves and has come to grips with their strengths and weaknesses.
An effective team member sees and keeps their eyes on the “End Game.”
An effective team member will be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and is willing, therefore, to try new things.
An effective team member is accountable to other team members and welcomes that accountability to ensure things get done.
May God’s wisdom and blessing be with you as you “team-up” to advance his Kingdom assignment.
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