‘Be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.’ 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT
There’s a legend about some quail that nested in a forest. The birds were happy there except for their enemy, the quail catcher. He would imitate their call, and then when they gathered together he’d throw a net over them, stuff them into his hunting basket, and hustle them off to market. Finally a wise old quail said, ‘Brothers and sisters, I have a cunning plan. When the quail catcher throws his net over us, we should all put our heads into one section of the net together and start flapping our wings. That way we can lift it as one and fly off with it.’ The birds all agreed and, when they did exactly that the next day, they were able to make a successful escape. When the quail-catcher’s wife asked him, ‘Where are the quail to take to market?’ he replied, ‘When they all got together there was no stopping them!’
Writing to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul said, ‘Some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels.’ (1 Corinthians 1:11 NLT) Then he went on to say, ‘Live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions… Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.’ When we can’t get beyond self-interest, we start to bicker and forfeit any chance of true success. So when a mistake is made, refuse to place blame. Be forgiving, and don’t allow an offence to develop into bitterness. When you’re part of a team, compliment other members for their strengths and, if you are able, offer help in their areas of weakness. Be hardworking and reliable and stay focused on the bigger goal. When we learn to work together there’s no stopping us!
SoulFood: Isa 34–37, Luke 2:21–33, Ps 71:17–24, Pro 2:3–5
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019