Read: Ephesians 4:3-6
Once in a while, Dave and I disagree. And as we discuss whatever the issue might be, we begin to polarize. You know, I go to the extreme end of my point of view, he goes to the extreme end of his. If we aren’t careful, some small point of contention becomes a full blown fight.
It is helpful for me to remember that Dave and I are on the same team. So, I say it out loud. I put my fist out and say, “Go team!” He responds with a fist bump and a “go team” in return. Usually this de-escalates whatever is threatening to spin out of control and we can resume the discussion in a more civil manner.
In the reading today, Paul reminds us that we are on the same team. There is one body, one faith, one baptism, one Spirit. It is significant that he included this reminder on the tail of his encouragement to be kind to one another.
Many times the things that separate us are the things that should bind us together. What is separating you from those closest to you? What makes kindness difficult?
Maybe a reminder that you are on the same team is in order. Much like teams before they walk onto the field or court to play the game, gather up and give your team a shout of unity!