You see, yesterday I drove for a field trip to Pittsburgh for the schools 7th and 8th grade class to watch a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. I wasn’t the only driver or parent, it took five of us to transport and chaperone the kids. It was cold in Pittsburgh, but the Bucs beat the Cubs 5-4 with the snow only falling down at 2 different times.
After I got home from the game, I quickly ate supper and headed to the church. The church purchased the house beside it that has been vacant for over a decade. Its tear down time as nearly a dozen guys from the church were out with sledges, hammers, crowbars, and drills demoing the house in order for us to increase our parking area. I arrived late because of the baseball game, but significant progress had been made. We will be working tonight also, as well as all day tomorrow to try to get most of it tore down.
Just looking at these three situations, I couldn’t accomplish them alone. None of us were created to try to make it through life alone. We were made for relationship and friendships. Created to help each other. Some reading this may be more needy of friendships then others, but none of us were meant to live life alone.
Could I go over and tear an entire house down by myself? Hauling out all the scrap metal, removing all the windows, drywall, ceilings? No, I couldn’t. Could I use a 35 pound sledge hammer to smash out boards . . . Yes. But SHOULD I do that . . . No. That is why working together with someone whose health allows them to smash, they can smash. I found my place by pulling down old drywall from the ceiling. It wasn’t hard and I didn’t need a ladder like everyone else did! We worked together.
We see a lot of selfishness and “me” centeredness in our society. Our lives were never meant to function like that. We were never meant to live on an island of solitude. We are meant to work and live life together.
In order to raise our children in the direction that is right, Amanda and I work together. It’s not just her and it’s not just me. We are together to accomplish a purpose.
Yesterday’s ballgame happened because people worked together. The tearing down of this house will happen when we work together. Sunday’s service will come together because people will work together. I trust our kiddo’s will turn out fine, but Amanda and I will work together.
I gotta’ run and have some blood work done at the hospital but I wanted to get my post up because I wouldn’t have any more time this weekend. I’m glad that there are teams of doctors and nurses at the hospital too because could you imagine having to draw your own blood from your own arm! Thankful for the team that will be working together to take care of me in the next hour.