“Two are better than one, because they have a good return 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. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV
Happy Monday! I’m glad to be at work this morning. It’s good to see everyone and to get busy. We have quite a bit going on and it feels good to make a difference. This morning Chapter 4 in the Book of Ecclesiastes stood out for me, especially verses 9-12.
It feels good to have someone by my side working at home. When one of us is down, the other pulls the load. Over time that load bearing partner has changed many times in our marriage between my husband and me, but we always work together. We share the joys of our efforts, and the pain of each other’s sufferings. We are empowered by God and our binds are strong.
Likewise, at work the efforts of two are more than double the efforts of one. Although our department is small, the efforts of four is more than the efforts of eight. When one person is sick or down, others pick up the slack. We check on one another and look for ways to ease the burden of the one who is struggling. We celebrate each other’s victories. While we don’t lie together, we warm each other’s hearts with hope and joy. We also share in pain and sorrow. The work of this team of four is much like a team of twenty. It’s wonderful.
In my experience, it’s not good to be alone. It’s not good to be one of those people who shows up on Sunday morning for Church and leaves immediately afterwards. I’ve been that person in the past. Not participating does not prevent pain and suffering. Plus, we unable to grow. A big part of being a Christian is helping others. It’s putting others above yourself and loving others. If you are not convinced, study the work of Christ. He was always taking care of the needs of sick, lonely and poor. Loneliness and isolation lead to self-pity and depression. I don’t know if you have ever considered this before, but self-pity is a form of idolatry. It’s thinking more about your own problems, miseries, and self in general than God. When we are serving others, our hearts and minds are renewed. Don’t misunderstand me. Everyone needs to refresh and take time for themselves, but isolation is not good. We need each other and we need to love one another.
If you feel isolated, visit a local church and get involved. God bless you and have a wonderful Monday!