All the years I played competitive football I never scored. Don't get me wrong, I was a good player. In fact, I was an excellent player on an outstanding team in a tough division. But I never scored. I was well conditioned; I worked hard; I gave one hundred percent; I never quit; I went at it as hard as I could; but I never scored. I admit that without any shame. I have no feelings of inadequacy resulting from that acknowledgment. I'm not kicking myself over it, nor did anyone else when I was playing. None of my teammates ever mocked me because of it. None of my coaches ever criticized me for having failed to score.
You see, I played center. And though I handled the ball on every play, I never carried it. I made holes running backs could get through. I led the quarterback across the goal line numerous times on quarterback sneaks. I protected to give the passer time to find an open receiver and deliver the ball. But I never scored. That wasn't my job.
One of the lessons that can be learned through athletic participation, that our society needs to grasp, is the manner in which a group of individuals function together as a team. The concept, carried to its ultimate end, involves a group of individuals who sacrifice their personal interest to benefit the united cause. They lose much of their self identity in order to have a team identity.
A clear example of this concept can be seen in an internal combustion engine. When it is functioning the way it should, attention is not drawn to any individual part. Nobody says, "Listen to how nice those pistons move." When every part does its job the engine is noticed not the parts. Sure the addition of a high performance cam can make a difference, but nobody notices the cam, they notice how much better the whole engine performs.
Every team, every community, every business, every nation, every board, every church, every family will function better when the individuals are willing to sacrifice their personal interests for the benefit of the group. God said it about the church, but it fits us in every other aspect of our lives as well: "...from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the whole body for the building up of itself in love.". Ephesians 4:16
No, I never scored. But my team wouldn't have scored nearly as often without me. And even though the stats in the papers just reflect those who score, my team knew those people on the line were just as significant in making it happen.
Jack was raised in a Christian home where he spent his youth preparing to preach God’s word. First published at thirteen, writing and speaking became Jack’s passions. Whether through newspaper columns, magazine articles, radio broadcasts or public speaking engagements, Jack continues to share his heart with his readers. His life’s motto: To Know God, and To Show Him To Others.