The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

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Baseball is a great game because it’s a team game made up of a lot of individual moments.

It’s a team game because a good throw can be ruined by a bad catch, or vice-versa a bad through can be saved by a great catch. We need each other in order to have team success because we can’t do someone else’s job for them. We can just do our job and trust that our teammates will also do theirs.

However, what makes baseball unique to other team sports is that it is made up of individual moments. Meaning at least once every 3 innings, you’re going to get an at-bat and all eyes will be on you. Or a ball will be hit to you and you’re the only person there to make a play. It’s not like soccer where you can just pass the ball to the Italians and watch them score (*this a reference to the movie Kicking and Screaming and is in no way a racial comment). In baseball, when you are involved in the game, you’re on an island and you can’t hide.

Because of this, as good as one player may be, it is worthless without all of the parts working together for the greater good of the team. Great teams understand this as well as how their individual role contributes to the team. Poor teams put the individual moments above the team.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 says, “12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

Here’s what we can take from this.

Baseball-wise

  • Are you seeking the glory of the program or the glory of yourself? This is only proven when it comes at a sacrifice to you. See this video for an example.
  • Have you belittled your role and made yourself “less a part of the body”?
  • Have you coveted someone else's role and strayed from the “arranged members in the body, each of them, as he chose.”?
  • Have you exalted your role and thought towards others, “I have no need of you”?

Great programs, from top to bottom “have no division in the program” and the members have the “same care for one another”. Act as one.

Faith-wise

  • The church is the body and Christ is the head. Are you part of the body or are you severed from the body trying to attach only to the head?
  • What is God’s chosen purpose/role for you to work with the body?
  • How would the body suffer without you? Or are you and appendix or a tonsil?
  • Are you an active member of the body or are you handicapping the body by your inactivity?

Chances are, the way you treat the program is the some way you treat your faith. Please understand that by humbling yourself and playing your role in a baseball program, the program is exalted and receives the glory. By humbling yourself and playing your role within the body of Christ, the God is exalted and receives the glory. All glory be to God!