Here is something to think about today:
“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 4.9-13
If you sew, you know that one thread just doesn’t do the job. Usually you go over the stitching a few times to make sure the fabric holds together.
If you’re sewing on a button, it’s not a good idea to just loop the thread through the holes once and leave it at that. Why? Because the button will come off, if not during use then certainly in the wash.
One thread, one stitch isn’t strong enough by itself.
Just as one stitch isn’t going to hold together a pair of jeans, we can’t expect to do this life by ourselves. You have Loved ones for a reason!
I feel like our society is teaching us that we don’t need anyone for anything. Like we’re supposed to stand alone and do it all. Families don’t spend time with each other anymore, co-workers are distant and cold to each other and few people know anything about their neighbors across the street.
While I’m not saying we need to put ourselves in harms way (let’s be real, not everyone in the world is the safest person or the best influence), we should make more of an effort at relationships and community.
It’s not a hard thing to do to be nicer to one another. You don’t have to go out and buy chocolates and flowers for every person you come in contact with. But, it wouldn’t hurt to be kind to strangers and to appreciate the people who are in your life each day.
Cherish your relationships. Be a good friend to friends. Be a good family member to your family. Be a good spouse to your spouse. Uplift each other, comfort each other and grow with each other.
Remember that while you are an individual, you are part of something greater than yourself. You may be just a “thread”. Perhaps a beautiful and strong one, at that, but when you truly appreciate the people in your life, you’ll find you have the strength and effect to withstand anything and to bring stability and hope to the world around you.
Together, we can accomplish something great. Together, we can hold together hope. Together, we can share the good news. Together, we can Love. Together, we can truly find ourselves and what we’re made to be. Together, we can withstand anything. Together, we can change the world.