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Ecclesiastes 4.9-10 says, “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 pick him up!” (ESV)
Far too often we believe that we are OK to go it alone. We live in a culture where far too often we value those who forge their own path or who pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. We often fail to value the role of friends and others in our lives. Often, we don’t know the names of our neighbours. The reality is that we need each other. We need friends to confide in and support us through trials and through times of joy. We need our neighbours.
Much of what we see in our world around us, seems far beyond our control. We read the news and we don’t know where to begin. But I want to offer two simple suggestions of where we can begin and what we can impact. 1) Pray. Prayer changes things. Prayer not only changes us, but it helps inform us of the mind of God, and also makes changes that we often see, but often don’t see. And 2) Make friends. Friends with those around us helps us to know and care about our neighbours and our community.
These are things you can control. We can control how we see each other. We can control who we make friendships and strengthen bonds in our local community that truly make a difference, not just to us, but locally, and even globally by the relationships we forge. Don’t let you see yourself as alone. Do the hard work to be in a relationship with others that we might together be able to pick each other up in times of difficulty.