Two Are Better Than One
by Sharon Betters
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV
When God said it was not good for Adam to be alone, He wasn’t just talking about the beauty of marriage between a man and woman. In those few words, God states that along with our relationship to Him, He created us to need connections to other human beings.
A friend described her visit to several orphanages in a third world country. Numerous infants and toddlers quietly languished in their cribs, quiet because crying brought little help. Caregivers met their physical needs with no time to meet their emotional needs. Most of the babies had never been cuddled or even knew how to make eye contact. Though fed, tiny bodies belied their ages. Many could not walk or even hold up their heads. Why bother? No one cared enough to cheer them on.
Babies need more than physical nourishment. They need human touch. God created us for community. Genuine intimacy with Jesus requires relationships with others, whether life is good or hard. Life takes on new energy and purpose when other human beings cheer us on and we in turn, cheer on those we love.
Don’t miss the multi-colored truth of Today’s Treasure. Two are better than one for doing life, but a three-fold cord cannot be broken. For the child of God, the third person in this relationship is Jesus. God made us for relationship with Him and with others. Be intentional about cultivating community where you can invest in the lives of others as they invest in yours.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the MARKINC website and listen to the interview "Adoption and Children with Special Needs: A Hard Calling Filled With Joy" so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Jim and Karen Weaver’s international adoption journey led them to welcoming not one, but two boys into their family, making them parents of four daughters and two sons. In this transparent interview, Jim and Karen share the highs and the lows of their journey, from how they began their adoption adventure, to the realization that life would never go back to the normalcy of raising four daughters, to how the extreme emotional meltdowns created chaos in their home but also taught them about their own hearts. Through their story, listeners will get a glimpse into the reality of the hard places in adoption and also learn how they can come alongside of adoptive families. Listeners will recognize how adoption has transformed Jim and Karen and drew them into a deeper awareness of their need for Jesus, the power of prayer and how to look inward when hard times come.