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We Are All On The Same Team

News Flash! Did you realize as believers in Jesus Christ that we are ALL on the same team! Lately, it seems like that doesn’t seem to be the case. Jealousy, bitterness, negativity, harsh words, and drama seem to be all around, but I feel led to remind you that we are all on this journey of life together!

I remember one of my mom friends telling me that “mom wars are real.” Have you seen the movie, Mean Girls where they are all fighting against each other? Well unfortunately this doesn’t just happen in the movies. The meanness can apply to anything. It could be said for “infertility wars” or “teacher wars” or “spouse wars” or “co-worker wars.” You could list any age or any walk of life and recognize relationships are not working how God originally intended.

I think we need to remind each other that the daily battle we are fighting is not against flesh and blood, but it’s against the principalities of this world! What does that mean? All the negative thoughts you have in your mind and in your heart, whether it is towards your spouse or a stranger, are not from the Lord! In other words, the battle is NOT against each other, but against the evil forces of this world. Yes, those thoughts are all from the enemy. Why? Because he comes to steal, kill, and destroy.

The enemy loves wars. He loves people not getting along. He loves when negative thoughts arise. He loves when the darkness out shadows the light. He loves jealousy and envy. He loves breaking up relationships. He loves fights. He loves drama.

So what can we do about this? We can celebrate with those who are celebrating, even if they have that exact thing we want. We can pray for those who are hard to get along with. We can encourage and speak positive words of life over those who don’t make it easy to do so. We can make the choice to cheer others on.

No more unfriending someone because they finally received a postive pregnancy test (remember we are all on the same team). No more attacking your husband because you feel like he did something wrong (remember we are all on the same team). No more bashing your friend because they bought that new house or car you wanted (remember we are all on the same team). We are all on this earth to love each other, to do life together, and to share Christ, but we can’t do that if our hearts and minds are pursuing negative feelings and seeking darkness.

Can we all come together as believers in Christ to cheer each other on? Isn’t that what scripture tells us to do? 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Encourage each other and build each other up.”  Does that mean you have to be best friends with every person around you? No, but it does mean that you should keep your love on, even when it’s not easy.

I am the first to admit that loving other and cheering them on isn’t always easy. It hasn’t been easy to celebrate all those who have become a mom of one, two, three, or four already. It isn’t easy to host or attend baby showers. None of it easy. The easy route for me would be to be on a team all by myself. But, I know that is not a good option. The alternative to celebrating, loving, and encouraging others has nothing good to offer myself or the other person. Join me in choosing to celebrate others, even when it’s not the easiest decision to make. Choose life. Choose unity. Choose oneness. Choose celebration. Choose light. Choose friendship. Choose love. Choose to be on the same team.

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29 Comments
  • Stephanie
    Posted at 09:01h, 16 December Reply

    A great word for today! Thanks for sharing- so much better to lift one another up. Especially in the harsh world we’re living in today!

  • Angela @ Setting My Intention
    Posted at 09:11h, 16 December Reply

    It’s so true. Thanks for the reminder that instead of judging others, we should examine our own heart and bring those underlying issues to the Lord. Instead of seeking to confront, we should seek to bring compassion – to ourselves and everyone around us.

  • Emily, Our house now a home
    Posted at 09:16h, 16 December Reply

    I agree! The idea of tearing people down or insulting them is horrible. All in the name of your “view”. If people are treated nicely and with respect things would be so much easier for everyone.

  • GlamKaren
    Posted at 09:22h, 16 December Reply

    What a great and positive reminder… we ALL are on the same team. No need to not play nicely with each other. 🙂
    Karen | http://www.GlamKaren.com

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:53h, 16 December Reply

    Preach it sister. We live in a world where competition & judging others is huge – especially when you see what others have & do on social media. I love that one saying that says something like, “i may be weird but I’m happy for the success of everyone”… exactly! 🙂

  • Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    Posted at 10:01h, 16 December Reply

    Yes! We live in a world that appears to delight in putting others down, even if it’s so painful when we’re on the other end of it. It’s so sad and I’d love to see people support each other instead of judging each other all the time.

  • Alonda
    Posted at 10:52h, 16 December Reply

    This is such a timely post! There is no better time for us to realize that we are all called to be one body; unified. This battle against each other is rooted in the evil schemes of the enemy. God instructs us to pursue the things which make for peace and the things which lift up and edify one another. We need to bring unity and strength back to the body of Christ. We were created to operate as one body. We are on the same team!

  • Marissa D (@Reading_List1)
    Posted at 11:36h, 16 December Reply

    Yes! We have all taken the defensive stance on everything, which results in hurt feelings even when that was never the intent. I’ve been starting on myself, deciding that others aren’t trying to pick fights when they share their thoughts and opinions, then there is no reason to defend.

  • CouponGal
    Posted at 11:44h, 16 December Reply

    the Bible says that we’re supposed to love the brethren….

  • Joy
    Posted at 12:54h, 16 December Reply

    Thanks for this awesome reminder Caroline. We are all on the same team, with Jesus we are one.

  • Christine
    Posted at 13:15h, 16 December Reply

    Thanks for the reminder. We all need to come together and love each other.

  • Branson
    Posted at 13:52h, 16 December Reply

    I just re-read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and I am seeing it all so clearly in the world around me! The devil doesn’t have to work hard in our society… we make it so easy!

  • Anna - Southern Breeze Collections
    Posted at 15:15h, 16 December Reply

    Great post. So encouraging and such a good reminder. It’s very easy to become jealous of the ones we love but we have to remember we are on the same team!

  • Katie
    Posted at 15:49h, 16 December Reply

    Amen! At times I feel like we are our own worst enemy. Thank you for boldly speaking truth!

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 21:46h, 16 December Reply

    Dear friend! I am so sorry you are having to deal with these things…as it says in James 3:10, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” It is sad that there are divisions among God’s people, because as you said, we are all on the same team! It is easy to forget that we are not the real enemy of one another…there is a REAL enemy out there, and he is at the root of dividing God’s people. LOVE will overcome all else. We overcome evil with God’s goodness, and many times, we must BE the change we so long to SEE. May the Lord bless and help us all to be ambassadors of His peace.

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 21:48h, 16 December Reply

    Preach. Can’t we all just get along?! Sometimes my heart just breaks when I see women, especially Christian women, picking at one another…

  • Ashlyn @ A Mom In Training
    Posted at 01:33h, 17 December Reply

    I loved this. And just like Brianna said above me, “Preach!” There’ve been so many times when I’ve seen and heard people on the SAME TEAM, believing in the same things, arguing with each other, and it’s sad!

  • Ifeoma Samuel
    Posted at 04:14h, 17 December Reply

    Hi Carolyn, coincidentally, my hubby and I were talking about these wars between believers today. It is sad how the enemy keeps us busy fighting each other rather than we choosing to love instead.
    God Bless and thanks for sharing this important topic.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 09:17h, 17 December Reply

    “We can make the choice to cheer others on.” love this. i try to live this way, but the remind is always helpful 🙂 happy holidays!!

  • callienicole7
    Posted at 11:24h, 17 December Reply

    Great reminder, Caroline!

  • Carissa
    Posted at 13:45h, 17 December Reply

    This is the VERY FIRST lesson in my Armor of God Bible Study, so I find it a wonderful reminder to read it on here as well. I never considered what Satan would do to keep a war brewing, but by focusing on the flesh and blood “enemies” we lose sight of the real enemy. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 00:26h, 18 December Reply

    Amen! This is a wonderful reminder! We all need to keep focus on fighting the real enemy!

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 11:03h, 18 December Reply

    I totally agree. I feel like a lot of times Christianity becomes a competition. Like who’s the better Christian. Great reminder for us all!

  • Sarah J
    Posted at 10:33h, 19 December Reply

    Amen, amen, and amen! I have a hard time remembering this with Alex but it’s so true and such a valuable lesson to learn. Speaking as someone who only observes the mommy wars, they seem brutal and I pray it calms down by the time I get there!

  • Shamira West (@shamirawest)
    Posted at 08:30h, 21 December Reply

    It is always great to lift each other up. This is a wonderful reminder!

  • Divine Elements of Design
    Posted at 08:32h, 21 December Reply

    I absolutely love and needed this post today. Thanks for sharing such positive information. It’s so refreshing.

  • Sam
    Posted at 10:38h, 21 December Reply

    This is so true! This is the best blog I’ve read in awhile. I love your point from Ephesians about how we wrestle not against flesh and blood: that instruction corrects our thinking and gets us not so fixated on analyzing one another’s walks for flaws or getting an unrenewed mind because we’re jealous. We are on the same team 🙂

  • Helen
    Posted at 00:18h, 22 December Reply

    Amen! What a difference we could make in the world if we cheered each other on more!

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