What Is In a Name?

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In a pre-game speech to the Penn State Football team, Joe Paterno once said to his players,  “It’s the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back.”   The point he was attempting to get across to his team was that the team, as a whole, is more important than individual accomplishments.  As the “winningest coach” in Division 1 College Football with over 400 victories, Coach Paterno obviously knows what he’s talking about.  In the sport’s world, and in life in general this truth remains constant.  In sports, great players win games…great teams win championships.  Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player to ever play the game, proved this theory in Game 6 on the 1997 NBA Finals.  Coming out of a timeout, with the game tied 86-86, the Utah Jazz, and the world, looked for Jordan to take the final shot.  Instead, Jordan passed off to Steve Kerr, who hit a jumper with 5 seconds left to send the United Center crowd into a frenzy.  Michael Jordan understood the importance of the name on the front of his jersey being more important than the name on the back.

In life, take a lesson from the ant.  The ants, “though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.” (Proverbs 6:7-8 NLT)  By looking at an ant colony we can see the ultimate example of teamwork.  In each colony there are several different tasks that must be performed.  One of the jobs is to lay the eggs, done by the queen. She basically starts the colony. The larger ants that are born are usually the soldiers, who protect the colony, while others are scavengers , who hunt for food. And let’s not forget the carpenter ant who helps build the ant pile. Some nursery workers also take care of the young ants, in the nursery. There are workers that are daughters of the queen, who collect and distribute food throughout the colony. What’s amazing is to think that each one, in their own way, is responsible for the survival of the whole colony.

Coach Paterno, Michael Jordan, and the ants have figured out something very important…together we can accomplish more, no matter what our title or name may be.

Brandon Helms  

Who is Brandon Helms
Brandon Helms, serves on staff at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Lancaster, SC.  Brandon is also a Team Leader for the Moriah Baptist Association Team Ministry in Lancaster.

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