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August 2016

Do You Know The 5 Fundamentals of Team Work?

August 8, 2016
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The start of a new school year is just around the corner.  It’s a time of new beginning. Schools, churches and sports programs need adult volunteers. They are important to the team.

What does it mean to be a team player?

An example of team work is the movie The Great Escape.

Based on a true story, the film takes place during WWII. The setting is an escape proof German prison camp. Many of the prisoners were officers from Allied countries. Through team work, they were able to tunnel their way out of the camp. Each team member had a job to do. Some tailored civilian clothes, while others worked as guards, diggers, and spies. Still others copied papers to guarantee the freedom of each escapee.

 

Requirements of Team Work

Participation

All members worked with diligence in their role to meet a mutual goal. They had to show up. If one person failed, it caused delays for the project.

Dedication

Each person’s job was important.  For example, the old man forging the papers could not have burrowed through the tunnel.  But he devoted his talent to his work.

Perseverance

At one point, a tunnel digger played by Charles Bronson threatened to quit. Fear beset him in the close confines of the tunnel. The team rallied to give him the encouragement to continue.

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NASB

 

Achievement /Accuracy

The tunnel required good construction from the inside. Accuracy was important to allow for escape a safe distance from the fence. The dirt from the tunnel had to be distributed unnoticed within the confines of the camp. They used a brilliant method to accomplish the task.

Communication

When the guards were present, the POW’s used signals and other cues to keep the team informed.

A Successful Team

The movie illustrates the value of team work in gaining freedom. Even though the work was strenuous and dangerous, the team was motivated.  Each member was vital to the success.

When you volunteer your time to be a part of a team, your contribution is valued. Not only by the gift of your time, but in the work involved. The busy fall season is nearly here. Are you ready to give yourself to projects requiring team work?

 

Ten Amazing Quotes to Inspire Peace of Mind

August 2, 2016
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How does a quote affect you?

Do quotes inspire you, stir your thinking, or are they insignificant?

 

To find meaning in a quotation, it is important to study the key words. Discover the emotion behind them. Sometimes they bring joy, happiness, and enrich the mind. Other quotations can bring comfort in grief or sadness. Consider these ten quotations. Do they leave you with a sense of peace?

 

“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”

Proverbs 3:17

 

“Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,

To silence envious tongues: be just, and fear not.”

William Shakespeare

 

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace.”

Romans 14:19

 

“In peace, Love tunes the shepherd’s reed.”

Sir Walter Scott

 

“He makes a solitude and calls it peace.”

Lord Byron

 

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.”

Martin Luther

 

“No lovelier hills than mine have laid

 my tired thoughts to rest:

No peace of lovelier valleys made

Like peace within my breast,”

Walter De la Mare

 

“When other helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me!”

John Keble