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Reprinted from The Christian Science Monitor: Biblical gardening tools
When people get together to accomplish something for their community—setting up a tutoring program, installing plants or bike racks, raising money for the library—there is sometimes a sense that everything depends on the efforts of a few clear-eyed, hardworking individuals. That way of thinking can lead to a personal sense of responsibility, clashing and bruised egos, and community activism burnout.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the communities of faith about how they could best work together toward their goals without “quarreling, jealousy, bad temper, rivalry, factions, party-spirit, envy . . . and things like that” (Galatians 5:20, 21, J.B. Phillips), conditions called “ugly parodies of community” in The Message.
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