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A beautiful quote from Hellen Keller says, "Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much." I love this quote as it highlights the importance of working together and the strength of teamwork. While we may achieve certain things on our own, we are limited by our abilities. However, when we unite and combine our strengths and abilities, we accomplish so much more. One person can't do everything alone. We need each other's help to fulfill our tasks. Have you ever heard someone say, "I don't need anyone; I can do everything alone." This statement is not entirely true. While we may be able to accomplish some things alone, in the long run, we must rely on others to achieve bigger goals. Have you ever started a task but quit due to exhaustion or frustration?


Lone rangers are susceptible to exhaustion and burden. Lone rangers are more vulnerable to burnout and can get easily distracted or sidetracked from the right path. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken," Solomon advocates for a community life. He gives us examples of how being together is better than being alone. When we are alone, we are vulnerable, and we can be easily defeated and attacked by Satan. We are more susceptible to his lies because we don't have someone to remind us of God's Word, make us accountable for our acts, or protect us. It is vital to have people who support, encourage, protect, and help us stay on track. When we are alone, we can easily steer away from the path. We need community and a family that helps us stay on track and cover all our blind spots.


Another Bible verse about unity is 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many." We rely on each other, just like our body parts depend on one another. Each one of us possesses unique talents and abilities. What I may lack, someone beside me may have, and vice versa. Therefore, we complement each other's strengths and weaknesses to achieve common goals. I may be weaker in one area but can be indispensable in another. That is why we should work together instead of criticizing each other. My weakness might be your strength, and your strength might be my weakness. We can complement each other and become stronger together.


God, in His infinite wisdom, created each of us uniquely, with our strengths and weaknesses. He did this so we could rely on each other and work together to achieve great things. He also gave us the gift of community and family so that we have people around us who will defend us, stand up for us, and help us stay on track. These relationships are vital because they provide us with love, support, and guidance when we need it the most. Whether facing a challenge or celebrating a victory, our community and family are always there to share in our joys and sorrows, making life all the more meaningful and fulfilling. We must treasure the opportunity of togetherness because there is strength in numbers, and as the quote says, "There's no I in Team." 


Let us take a moment to appreciate the incredible blessings of community and teamwork. In a world that often emphasizes individual achievement, we must remember the immense power that comes from working together towards a common goal. Let us embrace collaboration and support one another in our endeavors, for things are better when we share them with someone. Accomplishments and memories are better together. May we always cherish and nurture the gifts of community and teamwork. At VPS, we value you as part of our family and are proud of each of you. We will not be here without you. We are always better together! 


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