Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. – (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NLT)
Two people are better than one. When two people work together, they get more work done. – (Ecclesiastes 4:9, ERV)
Two are better than one because a good return comes when two work together. – (Ecclesiastes 4:9, VOICE)
This holds true for nearly every area in our lives. We were created to be in community, and not intended to be isolated and alone. Spiritually, when we are invested in relationships with people who share our commitment to our faith, we find encouragement, covering, questions that need to be asked, and company to keep in both celebration and heartache. For our intellect, this also holds tremendous value. When planning, preparing or facing a problem, having another to discuss ideas with makes all the difference in finding a reasonable solution. Likewise this is true for our bodies. It is far easier to remain healthy and choose wisely when we train with others seeking to do the same. When given the option, two are always better than one, as working together increases resolve and return. May we seek to invest in the people placed around us, so that we can help one another succeed in all that we have been called to do.
For where there are two,
More strength can be found;
When two hold their ground.
Together the two,
Can accomplish more;
There’s a great return,
As each part outpours.
Work is divided,
And more goals succeed;
Each one better off,
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have created us to be in community. Thank You that we are far better off when we work with others than when we go alone. Thank You that You use people in our lives to encourage us and grow us spiritually, mentally and physically. Thank You that You allow us to do the same for others if we are willing to be invested. Forgive us for not reaching out to those around us and isolating ourselves when we are meant to be invested. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would step outside of what is “comfortable”, and work together with those whom You bring beside us to get things done. Show us how to love those around us in such a way, that they might be encouraged and built up through our every interaction with them. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we work together with others to do that which You have called us to do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21