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Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NCV)
Have you ever had to do a big job all by yourself? It might have seemed overwhelming to you. You may have fretted over how long it would take you to get it done. You may have stressed over time restraints or requirements for the job that made you want to quit, or at best, pull your hair out.
Ever had someone offer to help you get that task completed? Didn’t it feel good not to have to shoulder the burden all by yourself? Did your attitude immediately improve? Did finishing the job with the aid of a helper even make the job more enjoyable? Dare I say, fun?
The idea that two people working together can accomplish more than one person by himself/herself isn’t new but in today’s “all about me” society, it’s kind of gotten lost. Part of the problem seems to be that if your share the work load and it has a successful outcome, then you have to share the prize at the end of the journey — be it something physical or simply words of affirmation that it was a job well done. We, as the whole of society, are not good at sharing.
We need to get away from this kind of thinking. I am proud to say that I attend a church where people love to work together. Everyone has a part in the success (or failure) of the mission of our church. We look to our pastor for guidance and support, but we all have jobs that are necessary for the good works of the Kingdom of God. How absurd would it be if the pastor of our church greeted the congregants, taught the Sunday school classes, counted the offering, led the singing, played the piano, took up the offering, kept the nursery, and preached the sermon in our service? No pastor I know would (or could) do all those things by himself.
Jesus calls us to be in each others’ corners. We help when we’re asked, but we should also offer to help without being asked. Jesus asked His disciples to follow Him and help Him spread the gospel. When He left this earth, He asked them to carry on with that same work. That’s our goal today.
I have to tell you that I depend on many people to help me in my life. We work together as friends and family to do far more than we could accomplish if we worked singularly. I fall down a lot and I need people to lift me up. How sad would it be if I was down and out, reaching out to people for help and support, and NO ONE responded?
One of the reasons I’ve had success in losing weight is because I’ve made myself accountable to other people. I’ve shared my successes and failures. I’ve asked for ideas to help me get my temple in better working order. I admit when I fail (and I fail many times a day). I pass on encouragement when I can. In fact, I offer encouragement to many people about many things because God encourages me daily.
And you know what? No one has ever said to me, “Just stop! Stop making me feel better! Stop telling me that you understand the crisis I’m in! Stop telling me you love me no matter what! Stop showing me kindness! Don’t you dare offer me any hope! And while we’re on the subject, stop praying for me! How dare you talk to God about me behind my back?”
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Besides belonging to a really great body of believers in Christ, I have the ultimate support of my family and I am also in two great weight loss support groups. These are ladies and gentlemen who have walked many miles the same kind of walking shoes I’m wearing. If you don’t have anyone who gives you support and you’re struggling, I can help. I promise to care because that is how God programmed me. I care about people. I care about you.
My message is this: you don’t have to go it alone. You don’t have to face this big, scary, ruthless world all by yourself. The more people you open yourself to, the more you will gain in return. What you may find is that while you started reaching our to receive, you just may make it your mission in life to give. You can’t receive or give all by yourself. It really does take two — but more is even better.
Check out these great groups and make sure to tell Karen and Jackie that I sent you!
- Our Concept of Church… (sealedministries.wordpress.com)
- How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, How Vast Beyond All Measure (chosenrebel.me)
- Consider Solomon (authorjodiwoody.com)
- If you mind? your ego is taken up to much room . (jcmoonrunner.com)
- Q&A with King Solomon (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- Summary of Ecclesiastes (zachscripturestudy.com)
- Ecclesiastes 3-4 (zachscripturestudy.com)
- You must not QUIT! (relationshipsdomatter.com)
- Women of Virtue & Excellence (jovettearcher.wordpress.com)