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No home or organization or partnership can be more peaceful than one that has an environment of unity. Sheri L. Dew, an American author and publisher, said, “Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage or family, no ward or stake, is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women, work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other’s strengths.”

Unity should be at the forefront of any activity involving two or more individuals. For example, in any team sport, players must work together as a unit for strength to accomplish their objective. Likewise, with any branch of service, the military uses the same philosophy to achieve its strategic missions.

This weekend there will be plenty of celebration leading up to Memorial Day. Families will unite together on this special day to celebrate the remembrance of loved ones who are no longer with them. Across the country, cities and towns will hold special events for people to come together to observe the holiday honoring those who died in active military service.

Whenever we strive to work together in spite of our differences, God commands His blessing to be upon our efforts. Those who choose to divide and separate know this, so their main objective is to separate and then to conquer. They know that power and blessing is the result of working together in unity. Therefore, they make every effort to bring about division.

So when things begin to separate and fall apart, look for the adversary everywhere, including your own thoughts. That critical voice in your head can be your worst enemy.  Paul, one of many great biblical writers said, “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Prayer is a sure way to overcome mental confusion. However, when you pray and seek God, He will reveal the truth about the matter. He is our peace, and when we embrace Him in the spirit of truth, He will direct us into peaceful resolution of our issues. In fact, our conflicts can become stepping stones to stronger relationships when we make a commitment to understand others and refrain from divisiveness. Paul also wrote, “I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”

Remember this Memorial Day weekend the importance of unity that brings about joy and happiness. Celebrate and have fun in the spirit of peace and love. And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net