We celebrate President’s Day this week so a peek at the distant past seems appropriate. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
In the year 1754, George Washington was serving as a colonel in the British forces stationed in Virginia. As the story goes, Washington got into a heated argument with William Payne over a candidate for the Virginia Assembly. Washington offended Payne and Payne knocked him to the ground. Troops quickly came to the Colonel’s rescue, but he waved them off. The following morning Payne received an invitation to meet with Washington and he went expecting a challenge to duel. What he received was a warm smile and a firm handshake. Washington is reputed to have said, “Mr. Payne, to err is nature; to rectify error is glory. I believe I was wrong yesterday; you have already had some satisfaction, and if you deem that sufficient, here is my hand—let us be friends.” From that day on Payne was an ardent supporter of this man who would become our first president. We would do well to imitate such humility – a smile, a handshake, an apology are all good tools for building lasting relationships.
Helen Keller wrote, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
No one person has all the good ideas. That’s why when we work together, we accomplish more. History illustrates that principle well. Did you know that after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, he wanted to name it, Improvement in Telegraphy? That’s a bit, cumbersome, isn’t it? Hey, your improvement in telegraphy is ringing; better answer it? I’m sure glad the name telephone carried the day. Bell also argued that when answering a call, the individual should respond with the word, “Ahoy.” Thankfully, Thomas Edison suggested that a simple, “Hello” would suffice. Good call!
Bell’s invention transformed communication, but he didn’t have all the best ideas on implementing it. Thankfully, he consulted with others who had better ideas.
Western Union, the telegraph company, had the opportunity to purchase the telephone but turned it down. Someone in management thought it had too many shortcomings. They needed a team working on that decision!
Proverbs reminds us that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Teamwork! “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”