1 Cor 12:25 That there should be no division in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
It was a long hard road that took the Chandler children out of the cotton fields and out of poverty in Mississippi. All nine children have memories of a sharecropper’s cabin and nothing to wear and nothing to eat. But today, all nine are college graduates!
Their parents borrowed two dollars to buy a bus ticket for son Cleveland. He worked his way through school and became chairman of the economics department at Howard University. Luther went to University of Omaha and became the Public Service Employment Manager for Kansas City. He helped brother James get to Omaha, and then to Yale for graduate work. James, in turn helped Herman, who is now a technical manager in Dallas. Donald works in Minneapolis.
The children also helped themselves – picking cotton, pulling corn, stripping millet, digging potatoes. Fortson went to Morehouse and is a Baptist minister in Colorado. Princess has a MA from Indiana and is a schoolteacher. Gloria is also a teacher. Bessie has an MA and is the dietitian at the Veteran’s Hospital.
Together, the children bought a house for their parents in 1984. Nine players make a baseball tea, but nine Chandler children have made an unbeatable team for the game of life! 1
Making children a part of a family team is of critical importance to the kind of adults that they will become.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity!
FOR TODAY: Working together as God’s true church, our spiritual family, let us put aside what society is pounding into our heads about what success really means and how to achieve it. The success that God is concerned about is loving your brothers and sisters as He has commanded us, the love that edifies, uplifts and encourages; and God will supply all our needs, especially if we live the life of true charity I Cor 13. Could this be our part in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ? You bet! See below:
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Unity is our calling card Ladies. As ambassadors for Christ we must be living examples that God is with us and lives in us, serving His body of believers through the sacrifice of love. What a wonderful opportunity to serve the world!
1 Page 192-193 God’s Little Devotional Book for Moms