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Taking One for the Team

We recently had a week in the office helping one another out in bigger ways than normal. What I really want to type right now is that we went the second mile without even thinking twice about it, and no one complained even a little bit. Yay, us! But alas, we’re subject to temptation, selfishness and whining and some of us might have been a little grumpy about pitching in. Okay, I was one of “some of us.” We all did profusely thank one another and encourage one another when it was all said and done, and the phrase “taking one for the team” came up.

Sometimes I can be selfish. Sometimes I don’t want to be helpful. Sometimes I want to work on my own agenda rather than someone else’s. Sometimes I don’t feel like taking one for the team. Anyone else? (Please tell me I’m not the only one).

It’s three days before Christmas. There were several other themes and verses I could have focused on this week for the blog. In fact, I spent half the day staring at Isaiah 9:6 trying to figure out what to write. It wasn’t until we all showed up for each other and talked about taking one for the team that these verses from Philippians 2 came to mind:

4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.

I never want to oversimplify or water down the gospel, but when I read this, I see how Jesus took one for the team. He gave up every privilege, left the throne of heaven and was born as a human. He took an interest in the needs of others. He looked out for what the world needed, and He handled it. Without whining or complaining, He went the second mile.

In this season of celebrating the birth of Jesus, let’s remember the mindset He had and make a concerted effort to have that same attitude. Let’s look for opportunities to serve one another. Let’s jump at the chance to help out a friend or teammate. Let’s take care of one another. Let’s let go of our own agendas and assist someone with his or hers. Let’s take one for the team.

- Angela Hastings