Clubhouse Cancer or Catalyst?

“Bad attitudes will ruin your team.” - Terry Bradshaw, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback

“You can do more good by being good than any other way… Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.” - John Wooden, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach

Proverbs 11:13-14 HCSB - A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence. 14 Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.

Some of the most talented teams in sports never won a championship, or maybe not as many as they could have and should have.  Though injuries derailed some, there is something completely unrelated to skill, ability, and physical health that easily derails even the most talented teams - lack of “chemistry”.  In some cases, it only requires one bad attitude, one lazy work ethic, one hateful teammate, or one insubordinate player to ruin a winning team or prevent a great team from winning a title.  Players with these glaring character flaws and selfishness are often referred to as “clubhouse cancers” because they destroy a winning team like cancers destroy the health and function of a human body.  However, some players may lack the talent or skill set of others but are consistent winners.  Other players want them on their team.  They are “clubhouse catalysts” for winning - their attitude, their work ethic, their disposition, making their teammates better, their willingness to do whatever it takes for the team to win.  Character is king.  Team trumps selfishness.  On the job, in the classroom, in a church, on a ministry team, in a small group, or in a Christian home - would you be considered more of a “clubhouse cancer” or “clubhouse catalyst”?  Do you inspire or discourage?  Do you sacrifice for others or act selfishly?  Is your tongue most frequently used to spark raging fires of gossip, complaining, and mean criticism - or to give wise counsel and godly encouragement?  Do others (honestly, deep down) find you to be trustworthy - safe and life-giving in your handling of their innermost thoughts, struggles, sins, dreams, and desires?  If they really do not trust you on a deep level, why not?  How many godly coaches and wise counselors do you have speaking into your life on a regular basis and in a personal way?  What areas of life do you need God to help you find the right coaches and advisers?  Have you listened to the guidance of the ones He’s already provided?  Finally, how much of a “clubhouse catalyst” will you commit to be in obedience to God for the health of His team?  What kind of attitude and close connection does God expect you to demonstrate to help the team win more?

Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT - Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.