Over the years from playing sports to construction to church I have been able to work alongside people who had talent. One of the sad realities is that great talent does not always come with humility. It’s hard many times for those with great talent to defer to another teammate.
I have been a Los Angeles Laker fan since I was a kid. Magic Johnson was a great talent, but he was even a better teammate. He made everyone around him much better. Kobe Bryant on the other hand, while a great talent, is less of a great teammate.
Great Teammates do at least four things well:
1. Get excited when others excel.
2. Defer to others.
3. Get along with others.
4. Possess great attitudes.
Magic Johnson did all four and more very well. Someday your name will come up in a conversation. How will you be remembered? More for your talent, or more for being a great teammate?
The events of the past week illustrate that we tend to do things if no one is watching. When the bombs at the Boston Marathon went off, one of the first comments I heard was, “With all the cameras in place, and all the cell phones with cameras, it should not take long to identify the perpetrators.”
I wonder if the two brothers, who were quickly identified and pursued, even thought about the abundance of cameras. I wonder if they thought about the consequences.
It all reminds me of the verse in Numbers 32:23 (KJV) which says, “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Sobering.
God’s camera is always on. He never misses a thing. When you displayed a bad attitude at work or towards your boss, He saw it.
Sure, you may pull off your sinful act, and you may even attend a party that evening, but you will never get away. Oh, perhaps for a time. Maybe for a long time.
But one day you will be exposed, because God’s camera is always on!