The USA Women’s soccer team just won their 3rd World Cup ending a 16 year drought since their last time as World Cup champions in 1999, and becoming the first women’s team in history to win that many titles.
As I watched the trophy presentation, the commentators remarked on the amazing teamwork that led these women to victory. When Abby Wambach came on as a sub late in the second half, Carli Lloyd handed off her captain’s armband to the former star and team captain in a show of respect to Wambach as she played her last match on the World Cup stage. When it came time to accept the trophy, Wambach and Christine Rampone both accepted the trophy and then counted to three before hoisting it up together. Rampone was the oldest member on the team at 40, and also came on as a late sub to play in her last match ever in the World Cup. She was the only member of the 2015 team who had also played for the 1999 team, the last US women’s team to win the World Cup.
These small acts of deference were a small symbol of just how well these women worked together as a team, always looking out for the good of each other and eager to share the glory. The victory accomplished was done as a team.
The first goal of the game came from Carli Lloyd—her first of 3 goals that would lead her team to victory—was off of a cornerkick from Megan Rapinoe. That cornerkick was earned by Morgan Brian, the youngest member of the team. Without Brian earning the corner, and Rapinoe setting it up perfectly, Lloyd doesn’t get her goal. The point? It was all about the team.
2 weeks ago, I was in the midst of my whirlwind tour through Thailand and Cambodia learning about the incredible work that Destiny Rescue is doing to rescue and restore children out of sex trafficking. Confronted with an issue as big and evil as sex trafficking, I frequently feel overwhelmed and find myself asking, “What can I possibly do?”
What can I possibly do?
I’ve asked this question many times, and maybe you have too. Maybe it’s about the same issue, or maybe there is another issue that you are passionate about. You want to do something to help, but don’t know how you, one small tiny individual, could possibly make a difference.
But something shifted for me while I was on this trip. I realized that maybe I was asking the wrong question. When I ask “What can I do?”, I frequently feel small and overwhelmed. But I started to change just one little word in that question, and I realized it made all the difference in the world.
What if, instead of asking “What can I do?”, we started asking “What can WE do?”
What can WE do?
I am only one person with limited time, ideas, and resources. WE are a group with unlimited time, ideas, and resources.
I am only one small voice. WE can raise a shout that will be heard around the world.
I am only one perspective and one piece of a puzzle. WE are all perspectives and backgrounds and together can see the whole picture.
I am only two hands and two feet. WE are a family with hands to reach out to all in need, and feet to go to every corner of our world.
I am only one part. WE are a body with every part working together in harmony to accomplish great things.
I’ve found that when I ask “What can I possibly do?”, the answer is usually very small and discouraging. But when I start thinking about what WE can do, I can’t think of any problem that can’t be tackled.
I have some good news to share with you, friends.
The needs in the world are great, but the power of God is greater (Genesis 18:14; Job 42:2; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26).
Christ has built his church, and the gates of hell shall not overcome it (Matthew 16:18).
Greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world (1 John 2:23, 4:4).
Christ has already won the victory over sin and death (John 16:33; Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
We are the body of Christ, HIS hands and HIS feet, empowered by HIS Spirit (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26).
We ALL have a role to play (Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 2:10, 4:7).
Sometimes I think we miss the point of verses like this, or we jump on the wrong bandwagon and then wonder why God isn’t doing anything. Let me be clear: I am convinced that there is no injustice in the world today that can stand against the power of the people of God who are being led by and dependent upon His Spirit. I am convinced that if all the followers of Jesus decided to work together to end something like child sex trafficking, all of our resources and efforts combined could end this awful injustice within a few short years. Or apply the same idea to orphan care, clean drinking water, or people dying of preventable diseases. I’m not talking about political agendas and passing legislation; I’m talking about you and me being the hands and feet of Jesus to love people in practical and tangible ways. No one is going to argue against us if we want to feed the poor, and we might even win some people over to seeing Jesus a little bit more clearly if we started doing things like this a little bit better.
So let’s learn how to play together as a team.
Let’s build one another up, and encourage one another.
Let’s learn each other’s strengths, and celebrate each other’s gifts.
Let’s get on our knees and pray together and seek how God is moving and how we can play a part.
It’s time to ask, “What can WE do together as the people of God?”. And I think the answer is going to be pretty exciting.
It’s not just up to you. So grab your closest friends, choose a cause you care about, and see how much greater of an impact you can have when you work together than you ever could on your own.
And leave a comment below with your thoughts, or your cause that you want to make a difference in!