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So for those of you who are attending reCHARGE this year, you may be well aware of Color Wars.  For others, this can be described in a nut-shell as a little bit of fun competition designed for games.
As you may have guessed, each team is assigned a color.  My team was assigned YELLOW; and I assure you they have complained about it.  As a leader, when your team isn’t rooting for itself, you worry about the discouragement that is sure to follow.
Doesn’t this happen often in life?  You find yourself or your team troubled by the tools (or even people) they are given to work with, always looking over the fence for greener pastures.  Comparing your team to other teams only to conclude you want what they have doesn’t get you very far in life.
No leader wants their team stuck in that “I wish we had this..” attitude.  So I pose the question:  How do you encourage them to be thankful for what they have been given and who they are as a team?
For one thing, the leader sets the pace.  As Doug has mentioned, “Lead with your heart.”  Your passion should be contagious.  Even if it takes wearing yellow war-paint, dish-washing gloves, and florescent-yellow suspenders.  If you’re excited, likely they will be too.
Also remind them of the goal.  The ultimate goal isn’t to beat the other team, but to discover that ‘even though we are on different teams we all make up the body of Christ.’

15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.Colossians 3:15