September 21, 2017

The power of two-A call to service

I ran across this passage from Ecclesiastes 4 today: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend will help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, the will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of 3 strands is not quickly broken.”

 

two heads are better than one

two heads are better than one (Photo credit: massdistraction)

 

The verse talks about principles of how we are to relate to each other. What has happened to our relationships in the fast-paced life that we live in? In previous generations, we learned our life work or craft from someone who had the necessary knowledge and then passed it on to us. It was common to have mentors as we were taught valuable skills. I grew up on a farm, and I worked along side my father, learning how to drive a tractor, repair machinery, tend to the crops, etc. In today’s environment, most parents work outside of the home, and this important tradition of mentoring has mostly been forgotten. Instead society tells us we must operate on our own, to do our own thing. Unfortionately this practice leaves us with little provision for learning the skills that were once passed on for generations before us. As a result we have lost the unique empowerment that can be received when we work alongside someone else.

 

Also, tonight I attended my bible study on Christian vocation. Our modern “society” tells us to pander to our feelings, wants, get “stuff, do whatever makes us feel good. The result is a total society with extreme selfishness, and just looking out for No 1. This isn’t a healthy way of living, and certainly is not what God has planned for us. Rather we are given natural and spiritual gifts by God that are to be used to serve our neighbor, attend to his or her physical and spiritual needs. The Bible instructs us “to love our neighbor as ourself”.

 

 

So what does this have to do with dialogue E-journaling? It means that to survive and to thrive on this earth, we need healthy relationships with others, in particularly 2 or 3 people who have our back, as the Ecclesiastes passage states. No one achieves any kind of success in any area of life ALONE. Every successful and happy person has sought the advice and encouragement of others. Modern society has lied to us, that we are to only look out for No. 1. It won’t work going it alone, never has, never will.

 

So, as you consider selecting your “buddy coach”, someone who will encourage you, comfort you, listen to you, yes, even serve you, think of developing a different kind of friendship. Consider a friendship based on service to the other, not for what you can get out of him/her, but how you can serve them. You will be amazed that as you serve them, the joy and satisfaction that will come back to you.

Glenn

 

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