Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brothers to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133:1 (NASB)
In 1992, Derek Redmond, a previous gold medalist, took his starting place in the 400-meter semi-final at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. The gun sounded and the athlete took off running, his strong legs carrying him forward. Until they didn’t.
Tearing his hamstring, Redmond fell to the ground in pain.
But he refused to stop. He struggled to stand and tried to hobble forward. The searing pain was written all over his face. The other racers crossed the finish line, but Redmond still moved forward, determined to finish the race, regardless of the immense pain.
From up in the stands, a man made his way down to the track; pushing past the guards, he hurried to Redmond. This man was not only Redmond’s mentor, but was also his father. Realizing Redmond’s need to finish this race, his father looked at him and said, “Well then, we will finish together.”
Race officials attempted to deter them, but Redmond’s father acted as a bouncer and would not allow them to remove his son from the track. Together, the two crossed the finish line to deafening cheers from the crowd.
Unity. Loyalty. Support.
In the workplace, we are also running a race. We have a goal in sight which we as employees are working towards. We each have our role in the race; different jobs work together to accomplish the goals of the business.
Difficulties happen. Stress happens. Life happens. Hamstrings get pulled.
In those moments, do we show unity with our co-workers? Do we show loyalty to our team? Do we support one another? Do we say, as Redmond’s father did, “Well then, we will finishtogether”?
Imagine what we can accomplish if unity is our focus, if loyalty is our motto, and if supporting one another is the norm! We will be able to finish the race, accomplishing our goals, regardless of the difficulties that come our way.
Psalms 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” Just as the crowd erupted into cheers at the display of unity on the track, all of Heaven erupts into cheers at the display of unity among brothers, including in the workplace.
This week’s action item:
Take a look at the others on your team/in your department and consider how you might show unity, loyalty, or support to them this week.
Lord, thank you for those on our team/in our department. Each one of these individuals contributes to our team in a significant way, and we are grateful for each one of them. Your word says it is good and pleasant when we dwell in unity. We want our conduct here in our office to be good and pleasant to You. As we work together this week, may it be done in a unified, supportive manner. Amen.