Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 15th, 2016
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.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV)
The Blessing of Two
Living and working for ourselves can become a nightmare very quickly. On the other hand, sharing our workload can bring great joy and support. Are you tempted to go it alone? Are you willing to ask for help? How can your work be an opportunity for connection?
According to the Canadian Public Health agency, there are about 120 twin births for every 1000 births in Canada. The number of multiple pregnancies has increased dramatically in the last two decades in Canada and in many other developed countries across the world. This is largely the result of more couples having babies at an older age. One reason for this increase is that older women are more likely to conceive a multiple pregnancy naturally than younger women. Another, and probably more significant, factor is that ‘older’ couples are more likely to use fertility drugs and treatments such as in vitro fertilization to assist conception. About one third of twins are identical twins (when one fertilized egg divides in half). Two thirds are non-identical (when two eggs are fertilized by different sperm).
A few years ago the US Army had an advertising campaign called “An Army of One” emphasizing the impact a single soldier can have. The Bible, however, emphasizes the need for interdependence. In our increasingly isolated and individualistic society, God’s message to the world is that we need each other. Ecclesiastes 4:9 puts this idea beautifully when it says “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.” It has been correctly said that even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Even the most independent person knows that having someone around to help in times of trouble is an important part of a well-lived life. As followers of Jesus we have the promise that the Lord is with us at all times. But Jesus knows how lonely life can be without friends and family members nearby to help us through the challenging times. The wise King Solomon recognized this as well and so says that two are better than one because they can help each other when help is needed. This passage is often used at weddings and is certainly appropriate then. But it is also appropriate in terms of friends and family members, and fellow Christians within the Body of Christ. I hope that you have someone who you can turn to when you need to. And we are all called to be that for others.
These have been words from the heart.