June 21, 2020

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: TOGETHER

Collaborative/Group projects can be challenging for students (EVERYONE!).  We are different.  We have different ideas.  Different skill sets. Different personalities. Even when you place like minded people together in a group...there are differences that arise that can cause issues in accomplishing a project.  I have seen students work so beautifully together that THEY were the true work of art.  They were different because of the experience.  I've also seen the opposite.  Amazing artists that could not figure out how to work together.  Their work showed it too!  So why do we do collaborative/group projects?  First, it is important for everyone to learn to work in groups. This is truly a life skill.  We must learn to listen, share, give, take, lead, and submit. Healthy & successful relationships, friendships, and work all need development in these areas. Second, working in a group setting can often yield amazing results.  We all have weaknesses and strengths. When we work as a group....weaknesses are minimized by others' strengths and strengths are elevated to new levels.  When we have a common vision and a desire to see one another succeed...we are so much better TOGETHER!  

How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we,thought many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:4-5

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

In John 13:34 it says "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."  Love isn't always easy, but we are commanded to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  Not only are we commanded to love one another, but we are told that THIS is how everyone will know we are true followers of Jesus.  It should be at the very core of who we are as believers. 


What do you think, feel, or see as the reason why this is not at the core of believers today? 
Pride, self centered, insecure, detached, disingenuous? 
Look at your own life? When you are not as loving as you could be...why is that?  

We must come TOGETHER as believers, and have love at the center of our relationships, friendships, work, play, service...etc.  This requires us to put the Lord first in our lives (and not ourselves).  This will make an impact on our world. TOGETHER we can be the instruments of change.

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