Quick Thought – Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Psalm 133

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when brothers dwell in unity!
Psalm 133:1


Three of my best friends in high school had a senior project that blew everyone’s mind and got them noticed all the way into outer space. Clark, Terrance and Robert were in a gifted English class, and their assignment was to basically do something in their chosen career path. I was in a different school but had I stayed, I probably would have put together a complete edition of a newspaper and had it printed, because at that point in my life I had it in my mind that I was going to be a prize-winning journalist.

But my three friends had something far greater in mind. Clark was a budding engineer, and he got Terrance and Robert together on his team to build a satellite. Yes, the kind that orbits the earth. One of them built the basic satellite including a means of communication. Another built the delivery device that would set the satellite into orbit. And the third built the tracking unit that would communicate with the satellite from Earth.

But the next part is what really set them apart. Clark, as the team leader, got in touch with NASA and had the project included in a space shuttle launch. A NASA crew took their school project into space, released the device into orbit, and the team of friends tracked their satellite from the ground. Clearly, they got an A on the project, and Clark earned an internship at NASA for his ingenuity.

These friends worked together as an effective team, and their unity got them so much more than if they had three different projects. All of them could have earned As on their own, but together, they put a satellite into space. Like I said, the very thought of it was mind-blowing. (I only wish I had been there to include a report of it in my newspaper!)

In Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Think about that. One cord by itself might be snapped, but when you add two other cords to it, you basically have a rope, and snapping the three unified strands is a much more difficult task.

It’s the same for Christians. When we try to do the Lord’s will on our own, we might be successful, but we also might be divided and our efforts will be wasted. But when we stand together, our efforts for the Lord are so much more effective, and we can accomplish great things for Him. (Plus, we get the joy of doing some cool things for God with our friends!)

This week, pick a couple of friends and work together to come up with a project for God that you can do as a team. Pray together about it every day, and especially pray that the Lord will draw the three of you closer as you work in unity for Him.

Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


About Douglas Blaine

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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