“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”
These were the opening words on June 16th, 1858, in a speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
It was also the opening line of one of his more well known speeches which would include the now famous line, “A house divided against itself, can not stand.”
Of course this line is borrowed from Christ who originally used this strong phrasing in Mark 3:25.
I am wondering about division this morning. What divides us?
What divides a family, a workplace, a friendship, a church? What divides us culturally, racially, spiritually?
I have always found that when I feel seperated from someone or an organization that I am supposed to be united with it, I generally will go to that person or that organization and ask this question, “We are not on the same page, tell me how we can some back together.”
It is not always a guaranteed result. Sometimes we just can not get on the same page. And that is unfortunate, but it is reality at times.
However, the Bible so clearly speaks about unity, that we should pursue it, that we should strive to obtain it.
So…today, are there people in your life that you are divided from?
Do not let your house be divided and thus the result ends of being that the house falls with you inside.
Go to that person, put pride aside, lay it out there and bring you and they back together again.