Nine little girls sat in a circle, listening intently as their teacher explained the project. They were to make a poster showing their favorite animal. In teams of three, they were to choose an animal, cut out pictures, and prepare their research. They would present their project to the group and their teacher would ask them questions.
After designating the teams, the teacher sat back to watch. One team couldn’t agree on an animal. One team found an animal they all liked, but everyone had a different idea of what pictures to use and where to put them on the poster. One team got upset with another one because someone had cut out an animal they wanted to use.
When the hour was up, the teacher called them back together. The girls were ready and eager to answer her questions.
The teacher began to ask questions:
What does this situation teach us about working together in real life?
What was it like to work with the other people on your team?
How did you help the team be effective?
Who was the most helpful person on your team?
What conflicts did you have? How did you handle them?
What could you do differently next time to handle conflicts better?
You see, the teacher’s goal wasn’t to teach them about animals. It was to teach them to work as a team, a much more essential life skill. Sometimes I wonder if God is doing the same thing with us. He wants us to be a united body, working together toward carrying out His mission. Throughout Scripture, it seems that the way we work together is often more important than the end product.
Let’s seek to approach whatever we do in Christ’s body with as much concern about how we get to the goal as we have about getting there.
(Team-building exercises such as this are a part of the curriculum for SMM (Sisters Mentoring with a Mission). For more information on how SMM helps disciple girls, click here. — from womenofgraceusa.wordpress.com