Friday, January 6, 2017

Understanding the Relationship Between Love and Teamwork

by Robert C. Frank

Love and teamwork are closely related, but understanding that relationship is vital. Love makes teamwork possible and teamwork makes love functional. Love brings people together, but teamwork is required for them to stay together. Love can come naturally, but teamwork must be learned.

To help us understand this relationship, consider the case of the simplest of all human relations, that between two people, a husband and wife. When they were originally introduced and spent time together they were attracted to each other and had a desire to be together. That attraction is what we call love. After they get married, they find that something else is needed to preserve the relationship and that is teamwork. They must find a way to make their lives fit together smoothly. That will require study, learning, and practice. As a result of their love a husband and wife can conceive a new human life in a few pleasant moments, but bringing that child successfully to adulthood will require teamwork.

Jesus said, “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” Love, however, cannot be sustained unless people learn and practice teamwork which Jesus also taught through his servant leadership example during his life on earth. Teamwork requires learning why each person’s life is different and how the difference can be used to make both lives better if they work together toward a common goal.

Christianity in the past has focused on love. If there is a reformation in the 21st Century, it seems appropriate to focus on the teamwork that Jesus tried to teach during his life. The Essays on this web site provide additional information about Christian teamwork. The likeateam web site is also an excellent source of information about servant leadership and teamwork.
Robert C. Frank
Author of Christ’s Team