In the spirit of open-mindedness, I decided to try something new during this first semester of college, and so I joined an intramural volleyball team with my friends. Aside from casual pick-up games during lunch time in high-school, most of us are quite inexperienced on the court and are pretty mediocre at volleyball. But while we as individuals might be mediocre, together we are outstanding because we play off of each others strengths. And what is a team if not a group of zealous individuals with a common interest?
One of the many great things about being a part of a team is that you have the opportunity to grow as an individual, while those around you also grow and flesh out their foibles. One of the many lessons I learned tonight as we fought the Apocalypse (ironically, that was the name of the team we played) is the importance of being intentional. Either go for the ball or don't. Say what you mean, and mean what you say. If you yell, 'mine!' then you better go for that ball like its the only thing that matters.