In 1837 times were tight. Markets had collapsed. Banks were closing by the hundreds. People wondered if the economy would ever right itself again. It didn’t seem like a good time to create a new business.
But that is exactly what Alexander Norris wanted for his son’s in law to do. His two daughters had both married businessmen. One was a candlemaker. The other made soap. Both businesses depended on animal fat to make their products. Norris understood that these men could little afford to compete against one another for same materials in a depressed economy. So he came up with a different idea, go into business together. Instead of working against each other or even apart, work together. Reluctantly, they agreed.
It became a multibillion-dollar company. That business became a worldwide powerhouse with more than 250 brand name products found in most everyone’s homes today, from Pepto-Bismol to Pampers. The new company took its name from the last names of brothers in law’s that decided to work together. Procter & Gamble
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!”
It has always amazed me how in difficult times people tend to isolate themselves. Yet it is in times of struggle and difficultly that brothers need to draw closer together. Our world today is in tight spot morally and religiously. Rather than divide further, the brotherhood needs to come together. Uniting together for the common cause of Christ could be just the thing the world needs today.
“with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
This isn’t the time to compete with one another, attempting to one up brothers or put them in their place. It isn’t the time to go it alone, an isolated and easy target for the devil, that have no encouragement or aid. We need to work together. Unity is always easy but it always worth it.