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A Contemplation of Unity

Posted: August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
 “Where there is unity there is always victory.” – Roman Author
As a people, we have always been taught about unity. Unity has been at the core of our quest for liberation. It is the very first principle of Kwanzaa. It is the essential ingredient of victory in anything and everything. This contemplation of unity comes after an incident I witnessed at my grandson’s football practice. It prompted me to contemplate unity. I motivated be to write about it and share this contemplation with the other parents and coaches. UNity is a powerful element for any team. And so I wrote:
At our young one’s football practice, we witnessed a member of the coaching staff vehemently going off over what seemed to be his disagreement over how a certain drill was being conducted. No doubt, the display of anger was unacceptable, especially in front of the children. I don’t think anyone would disagree that the language and intensity had no place in front of the kids. However, as bad as the incident was, it was also a great opportunity to come together. As a team.
Now, I do not know who was right or wrong. But what I do know is that this is a team.

As we take our children through this experience of youth football, we have to be cognizant that this is a learning situation for them. They are learning the intricacies of a game that is in fact one of America’s national treasures. We do not know what the future holds for our kids. Out there among these kids could possibly be the greatest football player ever. The first African American owner of a National Football League franchise…. The President of the United States…. we don’t know what plans our Creator has for those kids’ lives. But what we do know is that now and today, we are struggling and striving to teach the core values that will make up the substance of what kind of men these boys will be.

One such value is Unity. Unity includes the ability to resolve conflict without flying off the handle and disrespecting teammates. Sure, folk are going to get angry. It’s a passionate game. We all want our kids to excel. The coaches want to win. We want them to win. But, if we are not on one accord… we cannot.

I believe that we need unity. We need unity as a people. I believe we need to be ever diligent to show our boys how unity is achieved. As parents, we should be unified. We should speak to one another. When we go to games, we should sit together. We should be of one voice when we cheer for our boys. When those boys see this, they will visualize a valuable lesson. Unity.

From a spiritual perspective, the Bible speaks of Unity in 1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Great teams win when Unity is at the core. Unity.

Saw something last night at practice. Two kids fighting and the coach takes them out of the drill, talks to them but then makes them run laps…. holding hands. I’m sure during that run around the park, those young men learned a valuable value…. Unity.