Working Together

Fatima is 25 and has no feet and her husband Ahman is 26 and he has no arms.  Together they work as artists.

The point is not what they don’t have.  It is how they use what they do have.

God was the one who said it wasn’t good for man to be alone.

So, what makes us think that we can lead alone?  We need to use the resources God has given us…. others!

There are three things we need to consider:

#1)  A leader has to look at his responsibility as one would run a race.  There may be someone ahead of you, running faster, running better. Maybe another leader who has a skill you admire, a maturity you need, who can do some things you can’t do.  Perhaps it is the guy who had the job before you. Don’t ignore them. You need him!  You need to learn from him, maybe not to do what he did or, but to ask, how would he do this?  You need to learn from others with experience.

#2)  Also in this race, there may be someone running behind you, who can’t do it as well as you can do it, who struggles in certain areas.  You need to help him, to encourage what he does well, to help where you can. He needs you!  Yet, you also need him because he may have skills you don’t have, skills that can help you accomplish what God has called you to do.

#3)  Then, there are the people right around you in this race of life.  Maybe you have never seen them as someone who can help you.  Maybe you already sense their value.  The point is, don’t focus on what they can’t do.  Focus on the fact that they are with you in this journey and try to imagine what you can do if you work together.

Fatima and Ahman are better because they learned this lesson.


Don’t try to do it alone.  God said that wasn’t good!


Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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