We Are Stronger With Our Weakest Link

16 May

5-16-13 Weakest Link


Have you heard the following proverb?

We are only as strong as our weakest link.

We typically take this phrase to mean that when we have someone involved with us who is weak, then that makes the rest of us weak.

So, we live our lives making sure that in whatever setting we find ourselves, we get the best, the brightest, the quickest or the most qualified to work with us.

After all, none of us desire to be left behind.  We all want to progress.  We all desire to succeed.  We wouldn’t want anyone to slow us down.

Might I propose to you another view regarding this proverb?

While most people agree with what I said above (and I agree, too!), there is also another reality:

As a society, we are STRONGER when we have many who are WEAKER.

In evolution, the concept exists of “survival of the fittest”.  It is simply a process of natural occurrences that the weaker, over time, die off, leaving the strongest to continue living.

It is my contention that humans are different than animals.  As a society, we should choose to value those who are weaker.  In ascribing value to those people, we show that we are a society filled with compassion, strength, love, and mercy.

One area where this is easily seen is in the abortion debate.  Because of people’s worries to have a baby that might be the wrong gender, they might get an abortion.  Check out this video for an example of this.

Or, others desire to get rid of babies because of certain “problems” with the baby, such as down syndrome.  Read this article for more information.

My point today is not to get into another abortion post (I did that on Tuesday…read that here).

What I have realized is that we believe that in order to progress in life we need only the strongest among us. What we end up doing by default is attempting to eliminate the weakest among us.

I believe that when we eliminate the weakest, we become weaker.

We are only as strong as our weakest link.

The statement is true, but in a different way:

The more we invite those who are weaker into our life’s experiences, the stronger we become.

Last summer, I got the chance to speak at a retreat with parents and their special needs children.  It was amazing.  I had a great time getting to know many of the families.  I was blessed by those that society would declare as “weak”.  I was not weakened by their presence…I was strengthened!

This year, I have the opportunity to speak again at this camp.  It is hosted by Joni & Friends and World Impact. You can click here for more information.  You can either let families in Southern California know about this, or you can get involved yourself to serve these wonderful families.

According to, “inhuman” means “lacking qualities of sympathy, pity, warmth, compassion, or the like; cruel; brutal”.  It also means “not suited for human beings”.

Can we agree that humanity is strengthened when compassion, sympathy, etc. are a part of our regular experience?  Then, can we agree that compassion and sympathy can only be shown in a society where those who are weaker are valued?

That’s what I believe.




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