I read an article entitled “unity, not conformity” and at the end was a nice story…i don’t know how true the story is, however the story just put the puzzle together for me:
“Once upon a time, the inhabitants of a small village built a tower. All the groups brought stones from their yards to build it—the town council, the potter’s guild, the teachers, the cooks, the farmers, the seamstresses, and all the others worked hard to build the tower.
But almost as soon as it was done, they started fighting among themselves.
-The town council wanted to use the tower to hold political meetings.
-The potters wanted to use it for guild meetings.
-The farmers wanted to have agricultural forums.
-Some groups wanted artistic and cultural events.
And on and on it went.
Finally, all the groups got mad, and stone by stone, they dismantled the tower. And the people took their rocks home. But one old man remained, sitting by the foundation of the decimated tower. Someone passed by and said, “Old man, take your stone and go home.” The old man replied, “From the top of that tower, I could see the ocean.”
We are not here merely to exercise our own gifts. We are here to use those gifts to worship God, to love God, and to serve each other. God called us together, with all our diversity, so that we can see beyond the horizon—so that we can get a glimpse of eternity. Brothers—sisters—let us love one another so that can happen.”