Special Teams

Written by Charles Gee

November 12, 2018

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,
as something done for the Lord, and not for men.”
– Colossians 3:23

 
It takes a different mindset to get on the football field as part of a special teams unit. These guys are often viewed as fanatics, reckless and out of control. Coaches refer to special teams players as head-hunters and designate athletes as gunners whose job it is to race downfield and be the first man to tackle the ball carrier. You can’t “dog it” and be part of special teams. Former Old Dominion University special-teams coach Mike Zyskowski awarded dog tags as rewards for superior special teams play. Each tag was inscribed with the words, Special Ops. Zyskowski said, “To get one, you have to demonstrate everything we as coaches want out of a special-team player.” To the casual fan, a special-teams player may not seem as glamorous as a quarterback or a linebacker, but coaches know they can be the difference in winning and losing games.

In Colossians 3:23, Paul reminds us whatever the role God has given us to play, we must carry it out to the best of our ability. Sometimes in our everyday life, we are asked to do things that seem trivial and unimportant. As part of God’s team, we must remember every job is important. No task is too small or insignificant in God’s eyes. When we humble ourselves and recognize that we are doing it for the Lord, the picture changes. Rewards in heaven will not be based on our personal success or talents, but our faithfulness. We are all special in God’s eyes. Whatever God has called you to do, do it enthusiastically!

Father, help me understand that everything I do today has significance. Guide me as I complete the small stuff and the big stuff in life. Amen.

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