The main point of Session 2 is “Conflicts can arise when I’m thinking only of myself.” As you wrap up this session, share this positive example of self-LESS-ness for the sake of the team. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who won both the Cy Young Award and MVP honors in 2011 and was runner up for the Cy Young in 2012, could have thought that the job of starting pitcher in the post-season rotation was his by divine right. Instead, Max Scherzer, who won 21 games and finished the season with a 2.90 ERA, was the starting pitcher when the Tigers opened their series earlier this month against the Oakland A’s. You can read the entire article by clicking here, or simply share this quote from Verlander with your group:
“I talked to Jeff [Jones], our pitching coach, … and I told him, ‘Hey, do I want to start game one? Absolutely. But I understand what’s going on here. Like I said, our goal’s to win a World Series. If you guys think Max is the best call to go game one, I have no problem with that whatsoever.
“I’m a team player, You put your ego aside, you fight for a single goal. This is our family, and I went up to Max and told him congratulations. He’s earned it. He absolutely has. He’s had an unbelievable season.”
Comment that in a lot of ways, King Saul and Justin Verlander are similar. Both had once been “the guy,” and both were essentially removed from their high position. But King Saul made decisions that ultimately destroyed himself and temporarily damaged Israel. Justin Verlander made a decision that he would support whatever was best for the ultimate goal.
Discuss the ultimate goal of the church and God’s people. Reflect on how that goal is either advanced or hindered by our selflessness or our selfishness.
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