Cooperation - Virtue of the Week

Our virtue this week is COOPERATION - The strength to work together toward a common objective. A team/class/group that practices the virtue of COOPERATION is a tough team to beat! They realize that all members are valuable and are selfless enough to work together to achieve the goal.

PRAYER

Lord, we want to COOPERATE with You in everything we do. You allowed your disciples to COOPERATE with You in your ministry 2000 years ago. We pray that You allow us to do the same. Give us the strength to COOPERATE with You in the same way.

WOMEN’S DIARIES OF THE WESTWARD JOURNEY

The following is an excerpt from the diary of Samantha Jane Emmons Dillard published by her great grandson John Christopher Stone. This excerpt concerns part of the journey west near Fort Kearney, Nebraska which was the last fort before the much more perilous journey westward. Their journey began in Illinois and ended in Oregon. Typical trips over land via the Oregon Trail lasted between 140-160 days (5 months) traveling approximately 2,000 miles! It was used during the mid 1800’s by Great Plains pioneers who were seeking fertile land in the West and Northwest.

“Our next main stop was at Ft. Kearney, Nebraska, where we were held until a sufficient number of emigrants had arrived to make up a train to start our journey across the plains. We had traveled alone until we reached here and it had rained almost all of the time and the water was high. Here we were joined by enough emigrants to make up a train of twenty-two wagons, as it was necessary to have this many in the train in order to make a corral. There were four wagons pulled by oxen and the rest by horses. Since the ox teams traveled a good deal slower than the horses all hands in the morning would get the ox teams started ahead first and of course during the day we would pass them and go on ahead and when camping time came we would have things ready for the ox teams when they arrived. Our Captain had been across the plains before and knew just what to do, so at night we would all drive our wagons in a big circle and make a big corral and our stock was all put inside this corral and we would keep fires burning all night, and two men stood guard every night. When it came my father’s turn to stand guard, the next day I would have to drive our four horse team and wagon. I was thirteen years old then and small for my age. Our Captain knew where all the watering places were and the distance between these places largely determined the number of miles traveled each day by the train, which averaged from ten to twenty-five miles per day..”

Samantha Jane Emmons Dillard- age 13

QUESTIONS

Why do you think COOPERATION was so essential for pioneers traveling out West at this time?

Why do you think the virtue of COOPERATION is so important for our success?

RESOLUTION

Everybody has a role to play for the team/class/group to be successful this week. We will all use the virtue of COOPERATION to do our part—no matter how big or small—to the best of our abilities to achieve success today.


MENTORING

How can we cooperate better together?

As a family - Have you ever cooperated with your parents or friends to do a big project?

WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK

Help your family this week to COOPERATE more. Be the family member that helps, that serves, that reminds everyone that we are in this together no matter the task.

THE OPPOSING VICE

DIVISION - The weakness of creating disagreements within a group which typically leads to tension, hostility and/or separation.

_On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. _

_They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. _

Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German occupied Eastern Europe.

Satan's goal is to DIVIDE and conquer.

He wants to tear your team, your family, your community apart because if he can do that, conquering it is much, much easier.

The fire of division almost always starts with a spark which is a lack of virtue:

▪ Disrespectful word, action, facial expression, reaction.
▪ Equal or worse reaction on the part of the offended.