Do Good

Galatians 6:10

We’re told to do good every time we have the opportunity to do it. God gives all of us opportunities, but we do not always take advantage of the opportunities. As we have opportunities, we should always do good, especially to other Christians.

 

There will come times when we do not have as many opportunities, so we should take advantage while we do have opportunity. The night comes with no man can work John (9:4). 

 

It would do all of us good to begin looking for opportunities. They are all around us. And when we see opportunities, we should jump to fulfill them.

 

Don’t Become Weary

Galatians 6:9

We are told that we will reap if we faint not. We are told that we will reap in due season. And we are told not to become weary in doing a right. If we quit before time, we may never see the fruit of our labor. We should not let things stop us or discourage us, we should continue moving forward. We should not become weary.

 

Bearing Burdens

Galatians 6:2-5

In chapter 5:14 we were told that loving your neighbor as yourself is fulfilling the law. Now we are told how we can love to fulfill the law – bearing the burden of others. 

 

We are told in vs. 5 to bear our own burdens (not others bear them for us), but vs. 2 tells us to also bear the burdens of others. Every Christian should bear burdens, both their own as well as those of others. So quit looking for others to help you and start helping others!

Restore a Brother

Galatians 6:1

Paul says that if any man is overtaken in a fault, if he has fallen in sin, your desire and responsibility should be to restore him. Too many times we see someone fall and look down at that person. We are to restore the person, considering it to be (and could be) our own-selves. We would want help if we had fallen. We are commanded in Romans 14:1 to receive a weaker brother. We are commanded to help them, knowing that we ourselves can be tempted as well. But we are to help and restore them in a spirit of meekness, not in a spirit of condemnation. So our motive and our attitude must be right if we are going to restore someone.

 

 

Living Out Who We Are

Galatians 5:25

If we live in the Spirit, we should also walk in the Spirit.

 

We should not just say we are saved and have the Holy Spirit, we should live like we do. We should walk as a Christian, not just talk like a Christian. Talk is cheap, our walk must back up the talk. Our life must manifest who we are.

Love is the Fulfillment of the Law

Galatians 5:14

Paul makes a pretty bold statement, saying that all the law is filled in one word, love. Loving your neighbor as yourself is fulfilling the law.

 

 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

 

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by Patrick Lencioni
Most companies faults prey to five pitfalls of a team, five dysfunctions of a team.
1. Absence of Trust Functional teams trust each other. If you don’t trust others, you cannot produce results. Teams must open up to each other. Trust lies at the core of a functional and cohesive team. Trust says that there’s confidence between team members and that other team members have the common good in mind for the team. When team members are truly comfortable with each other, they do not walk around protecting themselves. The team should find everyone’s weaknesses and strengths on the team. In a team meeting, have each individual take a moment to talk about his/her own strengths and weaknesses – the exercise can be very helpful for the team. It is important to know that each individual has his/her own distinct personality and preferences – it is good to know about each person.
2. Fear of Conflict All great relationships require conflict to grow — marriage, friendship, parenting and business. It is important to decipher interpersonal conflict & fighting from constructive conflict. Healthy conflict is actually a timesaver. You must first acknowledge that the right kind of conflict is healthy and does not need to be avoided. A leader will make dysfunction amongst the team thrive by avoiding constructive conflict.
3. Lack of Commitment Failure to Buy-in Decisions Commitment is a dysfunction of two things: clarity and buy-in. When people feel like they don’t get it (purpose, reason for doing something, etc.), they will not get buy-in or get on board. People need to weigh-in before they can buy-in People know that not everyone has to agree with them, but they should be heard.                           The Five Dysfunctions of a Team                                       Book Review by Jeffrey Bush 1
Everyone’s ideas should be heard and considered so that they will genuinely buy-in. Until each member of the team has placed their thoughts and opinions on the table can they make a wise decision that others will buy into. When a leader fails to consider buy-in from his people, frustration and dysfunction will follow.
4. Avoidance of Accountability People will not hold each other accountable for something if they have not bought into it. Accountability is a buzzword that has lost its power. Team members must be able to call out others on performance and commitment. Keep each other accountable on what has been agreed upon. The discomfort of telling someone something will cause many to avoid it for personal comfort. A team must respect each other enough to keep each other accountable.
5. Inattention to Results The tendency is usually to care about everything else except for the good of the team as a whole. We should put our own ego or priorities to the side for that of the team. Every person must know the most important things (priorities, goals, tasks, etc.) that need to be done in order to work on them. Is it customer service, personal revenue, etc.? What is the overarching goal?
Are you making the team better making a dysfunctional? Successful teams overcome the dysfunctions.