Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. – (Ecclesiastes 4:9, HCSB)
Two people are better than one. When two people work together, they get more work done. – (Ecclesiastes 4:9, ERV)
It is better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. – (Ecclesiastes 4:9, MSG)
I love how practical these words are to all. I know this to be true, and can attest to the rewards of working together in a partnership. At work, being on a grade level team for the subject I teach makes a world of difference. Together, we can make meaning of the curriculum and plan together the small steps to reach the end goal. In doing so, the load is shared and the burden is lessened. In marriage, we each bring different strengths to the partnership, and together, we can accomplish far more than we could alone. One simple example is when we need to do yard work. For one person to complete the job, it would take several hours. However, when my Viking and I share the work, we often can complete the task within an hour. Additionally, as we both work and contribute to expenses and savings, we are afforded the blessing of being able to take vacation. God is good, and when we seek Him to lead us to spaces where we can work together and share the load, we discover strength is multiplied and there are great blessings that come from partnering with people to accomplish necessary tasks. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us to connect with those whom we are given to work beside, and may the pairing and sharing be a blessing to all.
Together we rise,
Accomplish great things;
More strengths we can bring.
For work divided,
Is better a task;
When shared together,
We give and get back.
Lord, lead us to work,
To share with the load,
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You created us to be in community. Thank You that as we pair up with those around us to accomplish tasks, the work is divided and the reward is blessings. Forgive us for the times that we attempt to do things alone that You intended to be shared. Show us who and where we can walk alongside to work together and get things done. Lead us to love like You, so that we support, encourage, and challenge each other to do what You have for us to do and become who You have created us to be. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we work together with those whom You have placed in our lives to do what we are called to do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
But as for you, be strong; don’t be discouraged, for your work has a reward. – 2 Chronicles 15:7