Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from contributing writer and sponsor Maureen Lunn.
When I hear the word “commander,” I think of an army. I think of someone who stands in great authority, making decisions for large groups of people and guiding them to act on those individual decisions. This model is appropriate for a lot of situations, but it’s not what we generally see in daily life.
Jesus wasn’t a commander. When he came to us in human form, he didn’t start telling people what to do in a way that required something of them, or resulted in punishment from inaction. He met people on their level, talking with them, working alongside his disciples to spread his ministry.
Could he have commanded his followers to soldier up and perform a specific set of actions? Sure, they probably would’ve followed right along. But as the one true God and the definition of love he had no need to do so. He came with wisdom and sacrifice, and invited others to join him in way that worked best for them.
When I hear the world “collaborator,” I think of small communities, much like the groups, villages and families Jesus lived and worked among. Groups like this thrive when everyone chips in, shows empathy and supports one another on equal terms.
That is Unbound. Sponsors, staff and sponsored friends exist in one community of collaboration, creating a cyclical effect of goodness that gives us all a boost, whether it be economically, spiritually, emotionally or all of the above. It’s not a community of demands and conditions. It’s a community of love, respect and working together. We are collaborators, not commanders, and we walk together under the power of Christ’s own collaborative spirit.
Triune God, thank you for instilling in us a sense of community and collaboration, inspired by your very existence as the Three-in-One. Guide us in seeing all others as our equals, and give us the wisdom and empathy to walk alongside those in circumstances unfamiliar to us. We aim to honor your spirit. Amen.