A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to read a road map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep in mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help.
“Warwick can get you out of that ditch,” said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in the field. The man looked at the haggardly old mule and looked at the farmer who just stood there repeating, “Yep, Warwick can do the job.” The man figured he had nothing to lose. The two men and Warwick made their way back to the ditch.
The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With the snap of the reins he shouted, “Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!” And the mule pulled the car from the ditch with very little effort.
The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule and asked, “Why did you call out all of those other names before you called Warwick?” The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he is part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.”
The first thing Jesus did when He started His ministry was form a team. He knew the power and sustainability of teamwork. He knew that none of us is as smart as all of us. He knew that one cannot multiply. In other words, we accomplish with a positive partnership than by trying to go it alone. Team work makes the dream work.
President Woodrow Wilson once said, “We should not only use all the brains we have, but all the brains we can borrow.” Behind every able man there are always other able men and women. Someone once said partnership is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Simply put, it is less “me” and more “we.”
Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, says it perfectly, “We must all hang together, or else we shall all hang together.” Often partnerships may feel the least comfortable when the most necessary. The prophet Amos says, “Can two people walk together without agreeing to meet?” Did you hear that politicians?
Right now, with all the tensions and ‘bad blood’ in our nation and world, it might be wise to check out what the Bible says about teamwork. God models it in the Trinity. God put twelve tribes together and made them one nation. Psalm 133 states where “brothers dwell together in unity….there the Lord commands the blessing.” See that? Most of those teamwork guru’s get their material from the Bible!
Mark Twain once wrote, “It is amazing what can be done if no one minds who gets the credit.” Just ask Warwick!
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