Monday, October 15, 2012

The Power of "WE."

Photo Credit: pursuingmeaningfullife.com
Me, myself and I. Do you see "WE" in there? I didn't think so.

There is power in the word, "WE." Think of the times when masses of individuals got together for a common goal? What happened? Lots of awesome things, right?

For the past few years, I have known about Blog Action Day, but never participated because something always came up. This year I have made it my prerogative to join in this year.

This year’s topic, The Power of We, rang a couple of bells for me. I don’t know about you, but when I think of that statement, The Power of We, I think about the body of Christ. What’s the body of Christ, you may ask? In the Bible, there is reference to a literal human body and scenario. Let’s read it [By the way, use your imagination when reading it, it will help you see it in a different light]:

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 

Watch this video as well to further illustrate your imagination:
Did you have mental images of the different body parts speaking to each other and “bumping heads [pun intended]?” What would happen if that were to all throw tantrums and stop doing their specific part? It would be a catastrophe for the human body. 

Well, ladies and gentlemen, sadly it DOES occur…and all the time, at that. It happens at places of employment, places of academia, places of worship, and other places. Wherever we may be [especially places of worship], we should do our best to work together to the common goal. It only hurts ALL of our goals if we choose to compete with each other, throw people under the bus, not do our part, and not work together nicely.

Speaking of not doing our part, I have been part of a couple groups [and I am sure you have too] where more than one or two members do not “pull their weight [responsibility]” and it is a rather frustrating experience, to say the least. Need another visual? Imagine there is a huge tug of war contest and in the middle is a wide mud pit. Imagine if only a couple of people pull their weight, would there be a favorable outcome for the other group? There would be many people in the mud in disarray. That’s how it is in real life situations as well. When we all “pull our weight” we have favorable outcomes. Let us never rely on just one or two people in a group to pull all the weight. If you do, those people will end up with a severe backache and eventually stop in their trek because they cannot take it anymore.

In conclusion, remember “my, myself, and I” IS valuable, but even MORE valuable when we work collectively with others in ONE accord. And that is the power of "WE." 
Be Blessed.