It’s no secret that I’m no fan of the New England Patriots. I actually have a deep dislike for this particular team. The same could be said about the Patriots for most people in the country. If you don’t live in New England, and if your name isn’t Michael Wiseman (who happens to work for us here at Vertical Radio), about 99 percent of the United States is anti-Patriots.
It was certainly hard to watch my Pittsburgh Steelers lose again to New England in the AFC Championship in late January. The Steelers are 3-10 against Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady since 2001. Ouch. More than anything, that’s probably why I don’t like the Patriots.
Then, on Super Bowl Sunday in early February, those same Patriots completed the most amazing comeback in Super Bowl history, erasing a 28-3 deficit and furiously taking down the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28. Their first touchdown didn’t come until late in the third quarter.
When Atlanta scored their final TD to take that huge lead in the third quarter, I looked at my dad and said “well, that will probably do it, unless there’s a collapse.” Yes, there was a big, historic collapse – along with that unbelievable comeback. When all was said and done, the Patriots had won their fifth Super Bowl in seven appearances since 2002.
Along with their success, there are other reasons to not like the Patriots. Deflategate, Spygate, Tom Brady’s smugness, Belichick’s rude demeanor, their annoying fans … hey, this list could go on for a while! However, in reality, I do respect what New England has built over the years. The Patriots are a machine that simply wins, and usually, play the game the right way. (Forgetting about those deflated footballs, ha!)
They have terrific teamwork. Players that have been released by other teams often find a home in New England and learn how to be part of a team that accepts nothing less than the best. It’s called the Patriot Way, with a mantra of “Do Your Job.” Don’t worry about what somebody else is doing on the field, or complain about something that happened earlier in the game, or point fingers at somebody else. Simply “Do Your Job.”
Somehow, someway for more than 15 years, the Patriots have been the best franchise in the NFL. Having Belichick and Brady for that entire span certainly helps, but the fact that all 11 players on the field at any given time are “doing their jobs” has resulted in five Super Bowl wins. And, they’ve only missed the playoffs twice in that time span and haven’t had a losing record since 2000. Wow.
The Patriots have been successful more than anything because they are all on the same page working toward a common goal – winning each week. They are the envy of every other NFL team – and that’s why people “hate” them. If a player isn’t “doing their job” they don’t last long with the Patriots.
Teamwork is so important in all walks of life. Nobody gets anywhere going it alone. Here at Navajo Ministries we are very fortunate to have a great team that is serving daily to help fulfill our mission of providing hope, restoration and Christian values in all we do. God is our true leader and we all have our roles to fill on His team.
I love Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12-14: “Just as the body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body … and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one but of many.”
Everyone here at Navajo Ministries has their own spiritual gifts and talents. Some serve in childcare, others in the office, maintenance, development, radio, and other areas. All of the “body” is working together toward our collective mission. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are right there leading us through each day. Take one person out of the “body,” and it simply does not work very well.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians: 2:27)
I want to thank all of our team members here at Navajo Ministries for your admirable service. Ministry work is certainly not easy, but nothing can be more rewarding than when we are serving God together through all the highs, in-betweens, and valleys. I continue to be amazed that some have served here for decades, and many others for multiple years. This has been, and will be, their life’s calling.
Trusting that God has the right game plan for Navajo Ministries is so important. As long as we’re relying on “His Will,” we all will be moving in the right direction. It is my privilege to be serving alongside more than 30 “family” members here at Navajo Ministries. And, remember, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” Absolutely nothing and no one!