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Daily Devotional: Tuesday, April 18 - Leading In Unity

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”  — Psalm 133:1

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Unity flows from the top down. This is the message of the two images given in Psalm 133 (oil running down the beard and dew flowing down from Mount Hermon). Leadership sets the tone for unity on a team, in a church, for a country, etc. Leaders build unity when they serve others instead of feeling entitled to have others serve them.

This wasn’t taking place in Israel as recorded in 1 Kings 12:1-20 (930 BC). King Solomon died following a 40-year reign of great prosperity. His son, Rehoboam, was positioned to take over as king. The people promised their allegiance if Rehoboam would just lighten up some of the harsh policies from his father. Rehoboam’s reply was, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier” (verse 14). Translation: “You are here to serve me, I’m not here to serve you.” The result was the national disunity of a civil war.

Leaders build unity when they serve and sacrifice for those considered the least among them. An article in a recent edition of Golf Digest records the impressions of caddies on the newly formed LIV Golf Tour. Several described their experiences as being served on one tour and feeling like they were not cared for on the other tour. One caddie recounted, “Everywhere I go, someone is asking, ‘How can we help you?’ or ‘What can we do better?’” He concluded by saying, “To be seen means … a lot.”

Leaders build unity when they see and serve others.

— Jeff Totten, Detroit Tigers chaplain

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