Last week the Evart Wildcats went to playoffs and the Cross Country team headed to states. It was quite an accomplishment for any school. But you can't have such an athletic achievement without a pep rally. There were cheers, introductions and speeches; but the one that was most poignant was that of Coach Craven. Coach Craven emphasized how each member of the team was important. The top receiver is valuable, but wouldn't catch a thing without a quarterback to throw to him. The quarterback is valuable, but wouldn't be able to throw anything if the offensive line didn't hold back the defense. The receiver and the quarterback make it into the papers, but the offensive line is just as important and must still put in the work to do their job right. This is the same in the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 talk about this. Here is a little of that passage: "The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ ... But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, 'I don't need you.' The head can't say to the feet, 'I don't need you.'" Each part of the body of Christ is important, but each part, just like each member of the football team, must train hard to be the best they can be for the sake of the team. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 says, "... train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come." Athletics, academics, chores and jobs can all teach us great lessons. We need to put in the effort to be the best we can be and encourage others on our team to be the best they can be. But don't give up your spiritual training or encouraging your kids\/teens in their spiritual training. Do the latter without neglecting the former. Why have a big forearm and a weak bicep? Let's work out every area for the glory of God.