Why Should We Work Together?

by Jan Cox

Living in Community

As I studied different animals for my children’s book’s curriculum, two things became clear to me:

      •  most animals live in community
      •  most animals live in families

I love this video of how a community can work together. Watch elephants work together.

We can also see that humans have broken that pattern in North America. Humans have become:

      • isolated in their big homes, with their busy lives and even church denominations have been hidden behind their doors
      • we see a rising rate of family breakdowns

I believe God wants us to have community in both these areas.

At (In)Courage, a Christian community for the Internet, the focus has been to build communities. Great!

I believe we need to do that for every facet of our lives.

All those in the arts (musicians, artists, and writers) can become isolated because of their craft. We need to band together. The Word Guild and Inscribe are excellent cross-Canadian groups for writers and editors who are Christian.

The idea of banding together took I new turn for me in the last couple of weeks. Two friends and I have joined together, as writers of children’s books, to form a new community called Family and Faith Matters. We formed it in order to support one another and for families. I will explain this in the months to come.

In the same way, no one ministry has all the answers. I have been watching as our churches in Haliburton have started to ban together ecumenically to support one another. Praise the Lord for opening doors and guiding the leaders.


We are made for community. Jesus commanded that we love one another.

Let us pray for community. May God open our eyes to our similarities and close our eyes to our differences. May we be One in Him.


Father we have become isolated from one another – even our churches. Help us to reach out to one another, as Christ followers, in all areas of our ministry and our lives. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week – counting to 2000. I am at 1809.

        • approved proof copy of Tadeo
        • colour is magnified this autumn – just beautiful
Fall in Haliburton
        • last Bible study until the spring – what a wonderful group of women
        • preparing for the family Thanksgiving weekend
        • rain – at least a little hopefully to fill up the county’s wells
        • family walks – stroller, dogs, and kids

A Walk in the Forest
        • family meals
        • chatter – lots of conversation on every topic imaginable
        • Hard Eucharisteo – my brother-in-law in the hospital – prayers go up
        • a praying church family
        • helpers for our turkey dinner – little hands to oil the bird
        • games and more games
        • colours in the forest

Colours in the Forest
        • late nights and I stayed awake and got up the next morning refreshed
        • granddaughter learning to play the piano
        • kids liking my new piano
        • great Thanksgiving dinner with roasted parsnips, squash, potatoes, broccoli, stuffing, yellow beans, turkey and gravy. Pie and ice cream for dessert.
        • the reddest tree and quite the reflection

Reddest Tree this Fall
        • Games of “Beans”
        • better news about brother-in-law – praise God
        • walking the baby in his stroller

Out for a Stroll


Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available October 2012. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.




1 comment

  1. Hi Jan,
    The elephant video drove home the point of your blog today. Thank you for your thoughts on “working together” and of course as we do we fulfill the law of Christ.

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