Time with God: Better Together


You were created to pursue an authentic relationship with your Creator.
This is a tool to help you do that.

Monday
Read: Proverbs 27:17
Think: How does iron sharpen iron?
Pray: Pray for one of your friends today.
Live: Look for ways to strengthen the faith of your friends.

Tuesday
Read: Hebrews 3:12-14
Think: How are you doing in your relationship with God?
Pray: Ask God to help you find your satisfaction in him, not in sin.
Live: Don't let sin deceive you; stay faithful to God.

Wednesday
Read: 1 John 2:9-11
Think: Are you causing other people to stumble in their walk with God?
Pray: Ask God to help you live in the light.
Live: In each situation today, ask yourself: "What does love require of me?"

Thursday
Read: 1 Peter 3:8-9
Think: Why shouldn't you try to get revenge on people?
Pray: Pray for someone that you don't normally get along with.
Live: Don't try to get back at someone; try to bless them instead.

Friday
Read: Luke 6:31
Think: Why do you think this is called "The Golden Rule"?
Pray: Ask God to strengthen the unity of your church.
Live: Treat other people the way that you would like them to treat you.

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Better Together

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We're better together.
That's important to remember because when times are good and things are going your way, you probably don't think much about it. You're probably like, "Yeah, of course. We're better together. That makes sense."

But what I've seen over and over again with students AND adults is that when times aren't so good, and things aren't going our way, we close in on ourselves and shut people out.

But you weren't created to handle everything by yourself.
Like I said in an earlier post, God created you to connect.
If you close in on yourself and shut people out, then not only do you experience loneliness, but you're also missing out on what God wants to do in your life.

The book of Ecclesiastes is attributed to King Solomon:
"These are the words of the Teacher, King David's son, who ruled in Jerusalem" (Ecclesiastes 1:1).

It's thought that he wrote this book of wisdom near the end of his life as he thought back on all he'd seen and learned, so that makes his reflections in this book almost 3,000 years old. I don't know about you, but in a world where everything aims to be newer, shinier, and faster, there's something about reading old, time-tested wisdom that feels strangely refreshing.

I want to look at a few verses from the book of Ecclesiastes that relate to relationships.

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed" (4:9).

He states the idea first, and then he's going to illustrate it in a second. Here's the idea:
We're better together than we are on our own.

It's like when your teacher assigns you a big project, and you're like, "Oh man, that's gonna be so hard! There's so much to do!"

But then she let's you choose a partner to work with. And you're like: "Yes!"

It's better with a partner because you can help each other. That's the idea he's trying to get across here: We're better together than we are on our own.

Then he illustrates the idea with an example:
"If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble" (4:10).

If you've ever been white water rafting, you know it's awesome. But sometimes someone falls out of the boat! And when that happens, they need help getting back in. If you fall by yourself, you're in real trouble. But if you have someone with you, they can reach out and help you.

Maybe you're facing new challenges and changes right now. It can feel like your life was just floating along like a lazy river and then, next thing you know, you're in the middle of some white water rapids and it feels like you're about to be tossed out of the boat.

You need people around you that can reach out and help you.

Don't try to handle everything by yourself.
The truth is that we're better together than we are on our own.

When things don't go your way, and it feels like you can't catch a break, don't close in on yourself and shut people out. That's when you need to invite people in and say, "Hey, I could use some help."

Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, "A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken."

So the question for you is: Who's got your back?


Related Posts:
An Unshared Happiness Isn't Happiness
Don't Become a Mean Old Man

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Time with God: Created to Connect


You were created to pursue an authentic relationship with your Creator.
This is a tool to help you do that.

Monday
Read: Acts 2:42
Think: Why do you think the early Christians were devoted to fellowship?
Pray: Pray for someone from your church or small group.
Live: Remember that God hears every word you say.

Tuesday
Read: Acts 2:42-43
Think: Have you ever been amazed at how God worked in someone's life?
Pray: Pray for someone from your church or small group.
Live: Keep your eyes open to see God's fingerprints in the world around you.

Wednesday
Read: Acts 2:42-45
Think: Why would a person give away money to someone else?
Pray: Pray for someone from your church or small group.
Live: Find a way to use your money to bless someone else's life today.

Thursday
Read: Acts 2:42-46
Think: Why do you think those first Christians got together everyday?
Pray: Pray for someone from your church or small group.
Live: Invite someone from your church or small group over to your house.

Friday
Read: Acts 2:42-47
Think: Why do you think the early Christian community grew larger?
Pray: Pray for the leaders of your church or small group.
Live: Invite someone to attend church with you.

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