Loving our teammates

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you might be feeling the love that’s in the air.

Valentine’s Day can serve as a great reminder to appreciate, thank, and love our family, friends, and teammates. But, when it comes to loving our teammates, plenty of obstacles can get in the way. When conflict arises or when team unity crumbles, how can we still love our teammates, work towards conflict resolution, and team unity?

Conflict can pop up in a variety of situations.

If you have teammates who consistently come to practice late, don’t put in the same amount of time and effort you do, miss plays, or have a straight up bad attitude in practices and games, how do you respond? Often, we end up holding grudges, calling out our teammates with very little grace, or blowing up and spouting off a string of words and phrases that we’ll probably regret.

But, those responses will likely only feed that conflict. God calls people to love Him and to love others. So, when our teammates hurt us or when we hurt our teammates, it’s import to respond in love.

If you’re the one who feels attacked, it won’t hurt to take some time to cool down, and then talk to the person who hurt you. Tell them how you feel. You can’t control their response, but you can control how you approach them: with gentleness and love.

If you happen to be the one who blows up on a teammate during practice, take a breath, acknowledge what happened, ask for forgiveness, and move on. Sometimes the most loving thing you can do for someone else is to right the wrong that you did to them.

Conflict resolution is so important for teammates because it unifies teams. But, team unity can still be thrown off when teams lack communication on the field, form cliques that take away from the team’s oneness, or lack a common goal.

So, how can we love our teammates through these miscommunications and this disjointedness to create unity?

Show grace.

Communication is key.

Especially when it’s used to spread the love to your teammates.

Remember, Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Why not use it as a day to love your teammates and come up with some strategies to love them well, on and off the field.

Loving your teammates through the highs and lows of sport is a picture of God’s love for us. He loves us throughout the highs and lows of life. Demonstrating love for one another not only unifies us as teammates, but ultimately, brings us closer to our Creator.