Built for Companionship
Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
The rugged individualist is a heroic figure. The tough, macho man who defeats all enemies, conquers all obstacles, and stands tall may make for a good movie. But that image doesn’t match with reality. Everyone needs help to make it through in life. Trying to go it alone can ultimately leave you very lonely. As Ecclesiastes says, if someone falls when they’re alone, they’re in trouble.
I created you with the need for others. “An army of one” was a catchy recruiting slogan, but no army ever won a battle with one person. No team ever won a game with its star player and no teammates. No family ever got along and built caring relationships because one person did whatever they wanted and ignored everyone else. No one ever got warm at night by huddling next to their blanket and wishing a loved one were there.
The world will tell you the way to happiness and victory is by standing alone on a mountaintop, proving you’re the king. By showing that you’re so wise, knowledgeable, successful and rich that you will never have to rely on anyone or anything. That isn’t true. You not only need other people to provide love and support, you need Me. You need to know that no matter how tough the challenge, difficult the foe, or high the obstacle, that you are never alone.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Reflect on your own life. Who is there when you need help? If you’re alone, how can you change that? Would it help to talk it over with Me?