Top of the Fence Post
weeks ago, the President raised the ire of countless
businessmen by telling them they had only succeeded because
the government had helped them. Boy, did he ever
invoke a maelstrom! Anyone who has started a business
or has even known someone who has gone through the process
knows there are countless hours of labor involved in any
enterprise. We are reminded that if it were easy,
everyone would do it. All the same, it still takes an
army of people to successfully get any venture moving.
One person may supply the initial vision, but it's a team of
people working in concert that brings success.
Haley, the author of "Roots," had an unusual picture hanging
on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on
top of a fence post. When asked, "Why is that there?"
Alex Haley answered, "Every time I write something
significant, every time I read my words and think that they
are wonderful and begin to feel proud of myself, I look at
the turtle on top of the fence post and remember that he
didn't get there on his own. He had help."
this the truth in the church as well? We look at a
successful undertaking, and we are tempted to think, "Boy, I
surely knocked it out of the park this time!" Yet,
there are countless men and women in the background forming
that final result. We are a team, or as the apostle
Paul put it, "The body is a unit, thought it is made up of
many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one
body.; So it is with Christ." We are a part of
the Body of Christ.
Hopefully, our nation is a body as well. For all of
our fierce individualism, we work most effectively when we
move as a group toward unified goals.
year, as we approach the Thanksgiving season, let's reflect
on the ways that God has allowed us to work with Him in
achieving our abundance.
is the basis of thankfulness -- to remember that we got here
with the help of God, and that He is the provider of every
blessing we have.
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