What It Means To Be “One”
I’m a sucker for themes. For a movie to reach epic classification, it must have a theme song. For a superhero to have any chance at disrupting a villainous plot, theme music is critical. Stories, sermons, even television shows follow certain themes to convey a message. At CAC, we often even use themes to give emphasis to a core value or to bring attention to something we want to promote. Often these themes come directly from our student body.
Last year, our student council introduced a yearlong theme of “We Are Family.” This sentiment has long been valued at this school. So many current and former parents have chosen CAC because of the close-knit group of people that care for each other here. For me though, it meant so much hearing from our own kids that this is something they appreciate about this school.
We are family. Throughout the year, this theme underlined the importance of community at our school — whether it was celebrating each other’s victories, or circling the wagons when one of our number was hurting. As a family does, we share the good and the bad, the highs and the lows.
This year, our student council is challenging us with the theme of “We Are One.” Ephesians 4:4-6 says:
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Where last year’s theme recognized the importance of community, this year we look even deeper, bringing the root of this theme forward. “We Are One” means unity.
Without going into a Bible lesson, it’s clear that Paul, the author of this letter, was calling for unity among those in Christ. In fact, the prior verse offers even more insight into our role in this one body.
“… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
I’ll let you prayerfully interpret what this means for you in your life, but the keywords seem to speak toward how we’re supposed to attain a life worthy of the calling we have received: through humility, gentleness, patience, love, peace and unity of the Spirit. We are one.
This year, as a family, I challenge us all to keep our oneness top-of-mind. Being united isn’t always something passive, it’s something we work towards, it’s something we do. We’re called to “make every effort” and to “bear with one another.” Our community is built upon our unity, and the reverse is also true. We are family. We are one.