I watched this video several times and laughed each time. Coupled with laughter is a very deep message: we accomplish more in life when we work together. After all, this is God’s design. Nature is replete with examples of teamwork. The Red Woods of California that soar up to 350ft are able to soar so high not because their roots plummet so deep, rather it’s because their shallow roots are extensively intertwined with each other, providing strength, stability, and protection. You will also notice the importance of teamwork when observing birds flying south, bees hard at work, dolphins and orcas hunting, or a school of fish swimming together for protection.
I recently read an article in the Star Tribune Business section that recounts the story of a farmer who won the blue ribbon each year for having the best corn. It was discovered that the farmer shared his award winning corn kernels with his neighboring corn farmers. When asked why he did something so counter intuitive to having the best corn, he responded to a reporter, “Why, sir did you know that the wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field? If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.” The farmer recognized that his success was interconnected with the success of his neighbors.
In his old age, King Solomon reflects on the life of a man who toiled alone, the king concludes that teamwork is not only beneficial but is essential for living. It’s not something to just be admired in nature; it’s something to be practiced.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
God designed nature, human relationships; and He also designed the Church for this kind of symbiosis. The church was designed for all the members of the body to work together for the common good, to work together towards one goal. It is not just a good idea, or an admirable trait in the body of Christ; it is part of our essential design and mission. We cannot accomplish the work God has committed to our care unless we intertwine our lives like the Red Woods, share our gifts like the farmer, and defend each other against our enemy who is like a roaring lion like the crabs, ants, and penguins did.
Paul shares these words with the church in Corinth and also to the church in all ages.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many…so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (NIV)