Monthly Inspirational

November 2019 Ministry Column

Gwen Hasling


Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. “

An employee recently shared the following story with me. Her comment to me was, “This made me think about our office.”

A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep into the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help. “Warwick can get you out of that ditch,” said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in a field. The man looked at the decrepit old mule and looked at the farmer who just stood there repeating, “Yep, old Warwick can do the job.” The man figured he had nothing to lose. The two men and the mule made their way back to the ditch. The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With a snap of the reins, he shouted, “Pull Fred! Pull Jack! Pull Ted! Pull Warwick!” And the mule pulled that car right out of the ditch. The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked, “Why did you call all of those names before you called Warwick?” The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he’s part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.”

When we believe we are a member of a team, we are inspired to be the best version of ourselves thus enhancing the strength of the team. A strong team works together in unity, assisting each other, and not in isolation. A strong team lifts each other up to become an even stronger team. A strong team has a common mission or goal which is understood by all. A strong team values, respects, and appreciates all members equally. A strong team is one where everyone feels empowered. A strong team is one that fosters relationships and nurtures each other. A strong team is one where everyone has trust in each other.

I am blessed to be a member of a strong team. When I reflect on the challenges we have encountered, our success was because we were a strong team. I am thankful for being a member of a strong team!

I am thankful for my VOA Team!

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” Mother Teresa

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” Jim Stovall

Gwen Hasling is the Regional Director of Volunteers of America Acadiana programs and has been with the affiliate over 20 years and has been a minister since 2005.