Highlands Blog: What an Example of Teamwork!
As many of you know, I graduated from Hollywood Christian High School, a strong rival of Highlands when it came to athletics! Not only did I play against HCA, but I also later coached against the HCA Knights when I was the varsity baseball coach at Berean Christian in West Palm Beach. You can’t even imagine the amount of ribbing I’ve taken from fellow classmates and teammates (and also former players!) since I started serving here at Grace and Highlands. It’s all in fun, but also funny how life really does come full circle!
Athletics have always played an important role in my life. I’ve had the privilege of playing in Little League and playing at the college level. I’ve had the privilege of both coaching and playing on championship teams. I’ve also been on the other side of the wins. I can’t say enough about the lessons I learned regarding the value of teamwork and the vital role it plays in the success of any organization.
Take a look at these famous quotes about teams and teamwork:
* Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships. – Michael Jordan
* Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. – Helen Keller
* The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. – Phil Jackson
* Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. – Mattie Stepanek
I share these thoughts about teamwork because during Hurricane Irma I was honored to see our Grace and Highlands team in action! I watched as 70+ employees, school parents, church members, and students came out to prepare our campus before the storm. People removed doormats, carried trashcans, removed the shade canopies, removed the high jump mats, installed hurricane panels, cleared playgrounds, and so much more. After the storm, while some didn’t even have electricity in their own homes, they were here joyfully serving and helping. The team gathered together to cut and haul fallen trees, reattach fencing, remove the shutters, and reset all of the classrooms and playgrounds for school. Although initially it looked like a slightly overwhelming and daunting task, it only took our TEAM about five hours to complete the majority of the cleanup…and we were then able to reopen school two days later. Together, we did in a few hours what would have taken one or two individuals weeks to accomplish.
I wanted to write this week’s HCA blog so I could brag on our team. I want everyone to know what a great team of people we have in our church and school ministries. Our team consists of pastors, administrators, staff, faculty, housekeepers, maintenance personnel, cafeteria staff, support personnel, church families, school families, and more. I’ve had the privilege of leading and working with several teams throughout the years, but truly, this is one of the finest teams I’ve ever worked alongside.
I close by extending a simple, but deeply heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you! Your commitment to Christ and His work was obvious to all who watched and labored with you. Even in the midst of a storm, you were a beacon of hope and joy to others. Thank you!