It’s not just about me.
It’s not just about you.
It has to matter to us that it’s also about others.
It’s a God-concept.
And it’s also what I’m hearing in The Boys in the Boat as I read through. It’s the story of the nine boys-to-men from the University of Washington as they entered the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Listen to author Daniel James Brown:
“What mattered more than how hard a man rowed was how well everything he did in the boat harmonized with what the other fellows were doing. And a man couldn’t harmonize with his crewmates unless he opened his heart to them. He had to care about his crew. It wasn’t just the rowing but his crewmates that he had to give himself up to, even if it meant getting his feelings hurt.
Pocock paused and looked up at Joe. ‘If you don’t like some fellow in the boat, Joe, you have to learn to like him. It has to matter to you whether he wins the race, not just whether you do.’”
Isn’t this true for Jesus-followers?
If we don’t like some fellow disciple in the boat, we have to learn to like them anyway, enough to care about their well-being, their journey, their heart.
It has to matter to us whether others win the race, not just whether we do.
It’s what Jesus does for us. It’s what he asks us to do for others.
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
We have to care about our crew.
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Are there people in your boat that get on your nerves? How do you handle it? Please share in the comments.
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