The average size of an NCAA baseball roster is thirty-five. With only nine positions on the field and room for a tenth at designated hitter, the numbers don’t seem to add up. To make matters even worse, many of these guys were all-stars in high school but at college are forced to sit the bench. This can cause a lot of turmoil between players, but the key to team success is knowing your role and owning it. More times than not, the culture of a team is not changed by the nine or ten starters; rather, it’s the twenty-five on the bench.
We can learn a lot from the apostle Paul as he writes to the church in Ephesus about a similar problem they were having. “Walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love” Ephesians 4:1-2. We all have a role to play, the question is how are we going to handle it? The guy who is called on to eat innings, when the team is down six runs late in the game, is just as important as the gold glove short stop. We learn from Paul that the key is how we handle our role. If we are that reliever who’s called on to save the rest of the arms, we must be humble, gentle and patient as we love the guys who pitch in the big games and vice-versa.
So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as he wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body.
God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
(1 Corinthians 12:14-20, 24-26)
No matter what your role is, you are a valuable member of the team. All thirty-five members have a specific job and without each of them, the team won’t work. Although throughout the year some roles are harder to handle then others; in the end there’s only one dog pile. Know your role and be the best you can be.