September 3, 2016
Hello everyone! I am Charlene Menke, wife of Deacon Maurice Menke. We are a blended family, as we both have been widowed. Between us, we have 11 children, 32 grandchildren , and 6 and 3/4 great grandchildren!!
What does it mean to you to be a team player? Here are some thoughts. I must be a team player in my home and with my family. I must be a team player at work and with friends and acquaintances. Most importantly, I must be a team player with God.
With my husband, I try to be the best team player that I can be. For me, being a team player in my home also means that I must be a team player with his ministries. We all have situations where we must give and take. This is not always easy. I think in these areas, we have great opportunities to practice teamwork.
We must be a team player as we interact with people around us. This means really listening to others. How many times has someone been talking to you and you are thinking about what you will have for dinner, or thinking about how many things you have to do before you go to bed? These things can easily happen, but they are not good for being a team player. Sometimes, it means thinking about how and what someone is saying would work, even if it means doing something their way instead of the way that we are used to doing things. Being a team player with family and acquaintances gives us the opportunity to practice these skills.
When it comes to my beloved God, I have a path to follow His commands. All He asks of us is to love our neighbor as ourselves. That surely is being a team player. WWJD? What would Jesus do? This is an old saying, but it still makes us think about what we are doing or thinking. It so often helps me to be a better team player. Those words and His words of “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” are wonderful words and ways to always be a team player with God.
Thank you to the parishioners of San Felipe and San Jose Mission for the love and kindness that you all have shown us for the past 14 years. I pray that God will guide us all to be superior TEAM PLAYERS.