Today is Blog Action Day, an annual worldwide event where bloggers write about a single topic, occuring each year on October 15 or 16th. Past themes have included the environment, poverty and climate change. The theme for this year is The Power of We.
The “Power of We” conveys a very simple truth: working together leads to the best results. It is a truth that operates at a lot of different levels:
First when we seek through our charitable efforts to help those who are marginalized and vulnerable, we can go more if we empower them and work with them than if we simply hand them aid. Working with, rather than giving to, is the way to accomlish aims that are more than temporary.
Second, if I am part of an organization, if I can get buy in from others for my plans for improvement or change, if I can involve others in my ideas, they are more likely to succeed – and I get the benefit of the creativity and talents of others.
Finally, and by no means least in importance, I am most strong when I acknowledge my need for God, when I decide to approach things with God rather than on my own. As the plaque on the wall on my study at home reminds me, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” On my own, I am small. When God, I walk with the strongest form of The Power of We.