Two Are Better Than One
Last week I decided to take a quick trip into our local Dollar Tree. I don't know about you, but I love going to the Dollar Tree. Who doesn't love finding a good deal for a dollar! As I was browsing up and down the isles I came across the book section. I began rummaging through the books, checking out the coloring books for my grandson, looking over the kids bible story books, when I happened upon some small coffee table books. As I was looking through them there was one that caught my eye. It was titled, Let Hope Rise. Inside of that book each page contains just one verse. The verses are larger print and my first thought was, hey for a dollar I can just take out each page and put one of these verses on my refrigerator door to read and focus on for a week. While standing there flipping through the first few pages of this book, I read this verse:
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
As I read that verse with a few tears in my eyes, of course my first thought was "Jon is no longer here, who is going to pick me up?" But then that still small voice within me said, "The family of God is all around you, they will pick you up." Isn't that how it should be! If you're a born again believer, you're my brother and sister in Christ. We're going to spend eternity together; forever! Why wouldn't we be there for each other now? (If you're not a believer or not sure what I am talking about, please read my page titled "Plan of Salvation", or you can contact me!)
When I got home, I looked those verses up and began reading the rest of the verses. Verse 12 was also very impactful:
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12
Can you picture a rope with three stands? Isn't it much stronger then a single strand! In my experience, single strands snap and break so often. Can you imagine the strength of a rope with many strands! What wonders that strong rope could do. Oh, if we would just learn what God has laid out there for us! We get so busy trying to strengthen ourselves and our one little strand, that we neglect to wrap around each other to become stronger. We live in such isolated days with all the restrictions of COVID. The world is full of ones who have no one to pick them up. We have to find ways to become stronger together. To wrap around those who are widowed, divorced, or just single and alone. God intended for us to help pick each other up, He just told us so in Ecclesiastes.
Today I am visiting a widow from our church. I haven't seen her since Jon's funeral. I can't wait to wrap my arms around her and give her a big loving hug. I challenge you to do something to help strengthen someone widowed, divorce, or alone this week. Help make someone stronger, not weaker! There are so many ways to do that. All it takes is us removing that focus that is on ourself and shifting it to someone else. Here are just a few ideas that come to mind: Visit, prayer, card, phone call, email, gift, dinner, treat, flowers, text. What has God laid on your heart that you can do! I can tell you from experience, that even the smallest of gestures mean the world!
If you take on my challenge, I would love to hear from you. Please drop a comment in the section below and let me know what you did to help strengthen a cord!