RENEW | Day 19 • Having Unity of Purpose

Monday, October 19, 2015 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Peter 3:8, Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.

In covenant relationships it is very important to be of one mind with the person or persons with whom you live and work. By “covenant relationships,” I'm referring to interpersonal contexts like marriage, church membership, team projects, and such. Being of “one mind” does not suggest uniformity, it suggests unity of purpose.

Unity of purpose is a very powerful principle. It is the common denominator among all successful groups of people. We use our minds, not to distract from the larger purpose, but to add our distinctiveness to that purpose and enhance successful outcomes. Sometimes people think they're doing their group a service by playing “the devil's advocate” or by raising contrarian points of view. This approach is actually counterproductive and requires less intelligence than thinking creatively about ways to contribute to the success of the common purpose.

Being “one mind” is not compromising to the point of setting aside what you think. It is using your mind to find a solution that supports a greater common purpose. There will also be time to pursue personal interests. But the greatest satisfaction and peace of mind comes when working towards collective purposes and balancing personal preferences with the greater good.

Reflection Question: What can you do to help a collective purpose with which you are involved?