Seven-year-old twins Trey and Josh proved that most of the time, two heads are better than one. They worked together finishing each other’s sentences, sharing their allowance, and dividing the chores.

Saturday’s chore was to vacuum. With both boys determined to do a good job, they plotted their strategy for the living room. But older sister Cindy was laying on the rug with her long hair spread out like a fan.

“Move, please,” Trey asked nicely.

“You can’t make me,” the girl grinned at her brother. “I’m staying right here.”  With Mom and Dad on a quick errand to the nearby grocery store, the children had to handle things their own way.    


The twins split up the vacuuming. Josh tackled the edges of the room and around the furniture. Trey took over in the center and the space around his sister.

Soon her screams reached neighbors for a country mile! The first neighbor pulled open the door and rushed to Cindy. As tightly as if her locks were wound up for a perm, the girl’s long hair was tangled around the vacuum brush.

Teamwork proved to be the solution to Cindy’s freedom. The twins and several neighbors worked together with tools and patience to free Cindy’s locks without scissors. The girl learned a new respect for vacuums after that – and her brothers.   

King Solomon praises teamwork for its obvious value. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up….Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” [Ecclesiastes 4:9-12] NIV.  

With the support of a team or good friends, it is easier to stand strong. Teamwork has been a winning strategy in business, sports, and education for centuries. Just some of the benefits include better ideas, higher quality work, and bonding between members.

Apostle Paul writes, “Now the body is not made up of one part, but of many.” [1 Corinthians 12:14] NIV.  As he explains that each part makes up the body and cannot represent the whole by itself, he illustrates working in harmony.  

When we, the members, work together, we become the body of the church with feet, hands, heart, ears, eyes, and amazing capabilities. With each person fusing strengths and weaknesses with others in a group, the team is able to divide up the work. No one feels overwhelmed. It’s a win-win result. 

A team member and neighbor knew how to remove the roller brush to untangle Cindy’s hair.

The Teamwork Challenge applies to all of us: work together!  It’s God’s answer to life’s most persistent questions.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]   











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Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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