A Devotion for Seaside’s United Methodist Men, February 1, 2016
Paul says in I Corinthians 12:
“Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.”
I mentioned in worship a week ago our son Thomas, who is a software engineer in Raleigh. Like his dad, he is a true computer geek, though I suspect I’m more hardware and he’s more software.
One of the big differences between he and I though, is seen in our approach to computer games. He has always been into computer games. I’m not. I prefer pinball, frankly, to any computer game I’ve ever played. Look at my phone and you’ll see two games, solitaire and mahjong. But he was always into computer games. And I was always like—why are you wasting your time! But he was going to be a programmer, he had talent and I knew he could do it, so I didn’t get too bent out of shape most of the time.
Then I read an article that said that some companies—especially software companies love to hire these gamers. Do you know why? Not because they are computer geeks…no that wasn’t it. It was because they understood working in teams.
So I started paying attention to his gaming. And his character had certain skills and strengths but lacked others. And before going on a quest or engaging in some challenge, he would go online and recruit others—being sure to recruit people with characters who had the skills that were needed for the quest. And I watched a couple of these quests, and they exhibited really intricate forms of teamwork—I never imagined a game could be so socially complex. So now he’s graduated from NC State with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering and he goes to work for this company that parlays his teamwork skills as much as his programming skills in a development process called “Agile.” And I’ve watched him work. He hadn’t been there long enough to get a lot of paid time off, so he took his computer and worked remotely over Christmas. And I really have been amazed. Even more so as I continue to think of our church—this church as the body of Christ.
Teamwork…everybody pulling together. We saw it when we took down the risers the other day. We’ve seen it in the interplay between contractors this week. We see it whenever we have a death in the family—in the church—some of us are directly involved in meeting with the family, planning the service, putting it together. Some of us do the music, others go by the house and visit and offer support, others prepare the reception, others following up with visits or calls, or maybe as a Stephen minister.
Team work. It’s another way of saying that we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. None of us can go it alone. We need each other. We are better because of each other. May you and we never forget it.