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Two Are Better Than One – Indeed

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:

Yesterday – my wife and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. We both had to work so I planned to pick her up after her work and we went to a movie (she picked out the movie). It was a good move – the new Mission Impossible movie. We had a good time. First movie we have seen together in several years (we’re not movie goers).

I think we are getting use to each other after all of these years. She said if I died she would not remarry – because it has taken her too long to train me (I think that was supposed to be funny). We have gotten to the point where we can answer each others sentences – often. We know a lot of our favorites and what we don’t like as well. We support one another spiritually as well.

I remember hearing my dad say – at times – he had a hard time remembering life before marriage. I think I’m getting to that place. Married for 38 years and I got married when I was 25 so well past half of my life married.

One thing has become very apparent to me in married life – two are better than one. We were coming out of the movie last night and my wife had to remind me where we parked (I have reminded her of a few things too). Having two minds working together can be a big help at times. At times my wife can see things in my life that I cannot see. She does so in love and thru the Holy Spirit.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Ecclesiastes 4:8–12 – 8 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless— a miserable business! 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.

If we’re not married – we need an accountability partner in life. We are not meant to live life alone. It doesn’t have to be a married partner – it can be a brother or sister in Christ – that can help us walk in faith. Find someone to help you walk in Christ. We need the help.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

August 3, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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