The Name on the Front of the Jersey Is a Heck of a Lot More Important than the Name on the Back

Whose Name Is Most Important?


“When you pull on that jersey, the name on the front is a heck of a lot more important that the name on the back.” – Herb Brooks

When you join a team and get a jersey, the team name is on the front so that everyone will know who you represent, and sometimes (more and more often) there’s a name on the back identifying the individual (Side Note: I believe the most consistently successful teams don’t allow names on the back for a fundamental reason).

Regardless of the team or cause that I choose to join, I need to understand that my personal success and glory must come second to that of the team. Yes, the team needs my 100% effort to win, but for the most part, those efforts need to be limited to my designated role within the team, and I should never show off to elevate myself above my teammates.

For me, my teams are centered around Following Jesus (Christianity), our Family, and the work I do in Safety and Organizational Development. All three of these are about helping people find Truth and their Purpose in life so that they can become all the God intended them to be and they desire to be. To do this properly, I have to keep things simple: Love God & Love People (Matthew 22:36-40) – something that focuses on others, not me.

My Girls, I hope you choose to Follow Jesus too, but whatever you decide (and it is your decision) – whatever cause or team you choose to join, I Pray and Hope that you will sacrifice your personal glory and individual success for the good of the team.

Challenge Question: What does sacrificing for the team look like today?

God’s Word: John 3:25-30 & 6:38, Mark 8:34-38, and Philippians 2:3-8


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