Unity Talk for Teams
Principles of Unity
Here are some principles that I have learned about unity that I want to share with you in the next few minutes that I think youll find helpful
1. What is Unity?
One definition of unity is "complete agreement; harmony among persons regarding attitudes, opinions, intentions, etc.; Oneness of purpose."
Try to imagine what your team would be like if you had complete harmony and agreement among all of you in all areas? Imagine unity in your classes and your school. Think of what could be accomplished!
2. Problems with Developing and Maintaining Unity
Every group (school, class, team, squad) is made up of individuals which makes each group different.
Characteristic: Individuals demand their own way
Actions: Late for Practice; Irresponsible
Attitudes: Gossiping; Cliques
Source: Selfish; Prideful; Unkind; Jealous; Insecure
Actions: Punctual; Includes others
Attitudes: Giving; Open-minded
Source: Kind; Unselfish; Faithful; Considerate; Secure.
Attitudes are the source of our actions. When you have a group of people together who have different attitudes, conflict often occurs.
3. Possible Solutions to Developing and Maintaining Unity
You can make more rules, but this often produces greater rebellion.
For example, imagine a "Do not touch - Wet Paint" sign on a park bench. Well, often this will cause people to go and touch it, when normally they would not even think of it if the sign telling them NOT to touch wasnt there. Naturally, people have the urge to break the rules, especially if its likely they wont get caught.
This option is to try to use logic and reason to re-program ones thinking. However, this is difficult to do because usually it wont cause emotions to change. Even if initially successful, emotions will eventually win out over reason and cause the person to revert back to his or her old ways.
(Share a personal example to help clarify this point.)
The source of real unity is selfless love. Its not "I love you if ..." and not "I love you because..." Rather, it is simply, "I love you period ... Regardless of how you may treat me." We cant "psyche" ourselves into loving and accepting people we dont get along with. For example, think of someone you dont really like. Now imagine walking up to that person, throwing your arms around him or her, and saying with sincerity, "I love you." No way! Generally, we are very self-centered individuals; we usually put ourselves first.
The ability to love others is limited because of our self-centeredness. This makes unity difficult to achieve.
So, is there anywhere we can find such a source of love for others that has no strings attached and a source which is unlimited as well?
God: The Only Source of Unlimited Love
Gods love continues regardless of our actions. When we have a personal relationship with God, His Spirit lives inside us and we then have access to the limitless love for others that God possesses. I wont go into detail about it here, but I would strongly encourage you to find out more about how God can make a difference in your life and how you treat others.
In the next day or two, call the students who wanted the related article and arrange to meet with them at a McDonalds or other location after school one day (preferably with two or more students at a time).
After spending some time getting to know them, ask them what they thought about the team meeting (specifically what you said about the spiritual motivation for competition), and then transition into an explanation of the gospel.