The phrase that stands out for me in Chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes is “two are better than one.” Ecclesiastes 4:9. To get the entire idea you must read further:
“Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 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.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Of course, this is a section of Scripture often read at marriages. Having just celebrated my 49th anniversary, I certainly agree that life has been better with a companion to walk and stand with me, to help me up when I feel weak or discouraged.
However, I think it also appeals to me because teamwork is one of my core values (see L. A. T. C. H. On To Your Core Values). I’ve seen T-E-A-M used as an acronym to say “together everyone accomplishes more.” I truly enjoy working with a group, and I’ve completed projects with other people that I would never have considered doing on my own. Genesis tells us:
“The LORD God also said, “It is not good for the man to be alone….”Genesis 2:18
We were created to be in relationship with others — and with God! That’s the reason “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” God strengthens any relationship He joins. In fact, without God, our ties to one another quickly fall apart. Only with God’s help can we remain forgiving, self-sacrificing, and loving.
If you have a spouse, a dear friend, a helpful co-worker, a cherished sibling, give thanks! Two are always better than one!
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