A Great Unit

Pastor William Deal

Pastor William Deal

“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”

I share this quote for 3 reasons:

1. It’s a quote by Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at The University of Alabama, which is reason enough! ROLL TIDE!

2. Thomas Merton quoted John Donne who initially penned the words, “No man is an island.” Even if we think we can survive on our own, we cannot thrive. We need each other. We need community. We need a shared heartbeat.  

3. In the first 6 weeks of our life in Royston, the Deals have already discovered that Royston Baptist Church is a great unit - a community and a family that has a heart that beats in rhythm with the One who gives life and redeems life. It has been an incredible gift to join this team and to serve alongside all of you.  

To add to this idea of a community with a shared heartbeat, the Deals are eternally grateful for the people of Royston Baptist Church. Thank you for making us feel right at home as we are settling in to a new home and new church. Thank you for the unbelievable Pantry Shower and for your generosity in sharing from your heart to help stock our kitchen. You have fed us in more ways than one! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

May we continue to sync our hearts with each other as we continue to find the beat at the heart of life in and with Jesus.