#FiveMinuteFriday: Team

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I’m joining #FiveMinuteFriday over at Kate Motaung’s place. The word prompt is TEAM. Below is five minutes of free flowing writing. The forward slashes indicate where the timer started and ended. Go!

team-600x600//How do we achieve a common goal?
Our hearts must be married for a purpose.
Community support, raising kids,
eradicating the oppression of the marginalized,
and advocating literacy in our streets.

One person cannot achieve this goal; it takes a team.
Our hearts must scream and chant for a higher cause,
outside of ourselves and in higher thought.

God’s greatest glory shines when we serve on another.
Our hearts must be in it for the bigger cause rather than the self-cause.

We cheer for those far removed from us
while the heroes of our picking fields wait.
That is a team far removed from us.
Out of sight, out of mind. Out of media coverage, out of touch.
We pay them less but need them to produce more.
Our refrigerators are full of neglected fruit, a tried and true
reflection of our neglect to the farmworker.

Today, while America cheers for gold, I cheer for the farmworker.
I cheer for the teamwork on the fields which brings food to our tables.
I cheer for the farmworker living in his truck with his children
hoping against all hope to earn a decent wage.
I pray their glory will come, that their gold will shine
never out of sight, never out of mind.

Let us be known for what we did for each other and not for how much television we watched.//

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17

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I don’t watch the Olympics. I read about them. My heart fills with patriotism when America brings home a gold medal, but watching it is hard for me because our minds get swept up and we neglect what is happening right next to us.

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

Louisiana is flooded and the media has barely given it a nudge. There is more money to be had in watching the Olympics.

Our farmworkers need to be paid more while we consume the television like a burger and fries.

They are America too. Let us be known for what we did for each other and not for how much television we watched – that is bringing home the gold.

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”  Romans 15:1

My prayers and support go out to #Louisiana. My prayers and support go out to our #farmworkers.

Here are some interesting articles I found this week:

  1. In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike
  2. National Farmworker Ministry – Low Wages
  3. Louisiana Flooding is Worst Disaster Since Sandy, but People Aren’t Talking About It

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Thanks for joining in the five-minute free write today. Would you like to join? If you are a blogger join the #fmfparty on FB , Twitter, and/or link up toKate Motaung.  Leave a comment on what the word TEAM conjures for you.

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