Unity at Lodi!


Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Grand Opening in Lodi, California. It was great to see Kurt (the district manager) and Jason (set supervisor), but also nice to meet Carl and so many others. The Lodi community showed up in full force and could not have been nicer to us. I can’t imagine anyone not feeling welcome in Lodi. (Okay Randy C., you and your team did great)

I don’t have words to explain the emotions when customers line up just to thank us and give us messages to take back to David and Barbara.  (So while I am thinking about it… Dear David and Barbara, thank you for always trying to represent Him well and know many in Lodi are continually praying for you.)

During this Grand Opening, I was reminded about unity. Culture may be different but unity can still be there. I have never met this customer base before yet because of fundamental belief systems, there was a spirit of unity that is hard to describe.

We did not focus on the differences, which were many. We focused on the things that bring us together. For example, treating each other with respect, being kind and considerate to one another, and putting others before you and the list can go on. 

A ladies group from a local church had a tailgate party in the parking lot…. They shared balloons and snacks to all who would come by. They had signs welcoming Hobby Lobby to the area. Local businesses and civic leaders shared what Hobby Lobby meant to this area. New associates cried as they felt part of something bigger than themselves. WHAT A SPIRIT OF UNITY!

That spirit of unity is not limited to Lodi! That spirit of unity can be experienced wherever you are. Unity is not taking away from the absolutes of God’s Word or being so open-minded that our brains fall out (oooppsss did I just write that?) Well moving on, unity is accomplished when we allow the love of God to flow through us! Unity is achieved when we know and exhibit that God is a God of love. Oh God hates sin, that will never change but He loves the person and that will never change either.

And FYI, sin is what God said is sin in His Word, not our doctrinal or cultural differences. Hey, unity needs to start somewhere! Unity in the work place, unity in the home, unity in schools systems, unity in our nation, and unity in the world. Does it sound impossible? Well, it is without God. But Matthew 19:26 states: “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

So if this week you find yourself wandering what to pray about…. How about we all unite and pray for Godly unity to begin with us!

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psa. 133:1)

“I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:23)

God Bless you !!!!!


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