I think this shot illustrates the power of unity. I have heard this long before in a sermon at church or on an article about leadership, but this is my first time capturing it on camera. Unity goes a long way, and not just for the birds. Unity involves working together and then some. It doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything. It does mean that we have to agree on the goal and how we are going to get there.
Unity requires looking at the big picture. The big picture is usually, if not always, the greater good. It is usually win-win for everyone involved; whether it is in a marriage, family, business, sports team, community group or church team. And if you want to scale up, then yes, our local community and even a nation of millions of people.
Unity comes at a cost. Selfish-ambition is the #1 enemy of unity. Selfish ambition needs to be put to death for the goal to be achieved.
Unity requires a ton of continuous work. It means going through tense moments of conflict. However, finding a resolution is so much better than not finding one. Here’s the alternative that we all know well. When issues are left unresolved, it usually leads to bad attitudes, backbiting, bitterness and all the other things that are part of the disunity baggage.
If I was one of these birds in this V-formation enroute to a Southern destination, I know I would be tempted to land here on the Southern California Coast prematurely ending my journey and convince myself, “This place has mild weather year-round and plenty of food. Besides, that lead bird hogs up all the time in the front. Wasn’t it my turn like 4 birds ago? Hey, I know that there are at least three other birds that feel the same as I do. Besides most of the other birds aren’t even nice…”
While those statements may be true, the “Big-picture” voice says, “This destination is much more than just a place. I won’t know if I give up now. Sticking with the V-formation will get us there quicker and easier than anyone flying solo. Stay in the V.”
Years ago, I went with a church team and crossed the Mexican border to Baja California to do an outreach at a rehab facility for men. Our SUV got stuck in the mud on a hill during a massive downpour. 4 of us stepped out of the car and rocked, pushed, and prayed that truck for an hour until we were out of the mud. When we got to the rehab place the 4 of us were soaked in rainwater and mud. Still, we were happy to be in a dry place and encouraged to see the results of our teamwork.
Unity costs. Unity requires much effort and perseverance. Yeah, it takes a lot, but again think of the alternative.
And if you are like me, you have experienced the alternative a more than a few times. What’s your story? Your feedback is appreciated. Thanks.