KAMIAH By Kelly Lineberry, The Life Center
We are a Community – a group of people with common interests, interacting in a common location. We have joint participation and joint ownership. We have common goods, activities, character and interests. We might call ourselves collectively the Upper Clearwater Community.
When we focus on what we have in common and how we are alike and how we can capitalize on the common unity we have … life gets better.
I love the words of Benjamin Franklin when speaking to our founding fathers … he said, “If we do not hang together, we will hang separately.” Today in the Upper Clearwater Community … if we do not pull together we will pull apart.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr said this “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. What affects one directly, affects the others all indirectly.”
Jesus Christ says this to us today in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love on another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men shall know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus always seems to up the ante. Others say we should get along and work together better but Jesus goes right to the heart and tell us to love each other.
I must not just find a way to put up with you or merely co-exist with you … I am supposed to love you! You see that bumper sticker that has all the various religious symbols and it say Co-exist. That is not good enough. That won’t actually work. We are too corrupt and selfish to merely co-exist. If we actually loved each other as we love ourselves … that would be community!
We can do amazing things when we are united. Just think how good life could be if we could get our marriage united, family united, neighborhood, united, community united and our Upper Clearwater region united! It would be amazing!
Kelly Lineberry is pastor of The Life Center in Kamiah