Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there’s no one to help, tough!
Two in a bed warm each other.
Alone, you shiver all night.
By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 The Message
This is one of my favorite passages to show how much we need at least one other person in our corner in life. In the past I have tended towards being a lone ranger but God didn't place me on my own little island to do my own thing so I keep praying for and being open to including others in every venture of my life. God has been faithful to bring along some amazingly awesome 'partners' for me to 'share the work, and share the wealth' with and I'm hugely grateful to each of you! Love you all.................you know who you are! Hugs!
There's many a reason why a person would want to go it alone. Perfectionism and fear of conflict are two that I can relate to. But as my friend Sandy Wilson once said, "good enough is good enough." And as for fearing conflict, a little sandpaper is good for rubbing off my rough edges.........okay, maybe a LOT of sandpaper! :)
What about the third 'strand' in the rope? The commentaries say it is referring to an additional person, but I think I could take a little liberty here and say that its God we need to have as the third 'strand' in any relationship and endeavor. This combination of 'rope strands' is a perfect guarantee against life 'snapping' when (not 'if') we fall. AND when you don't have a second person to keep warm with at night, you can count on the warmth of God's love which never leaves you to sleep on the couch and doesn't have morning breath!
Lord, keep providing me with the 'strands' of your choice to prevent my life from 'snapping' and I'm especially mindful and thankful that my relationship with You intertwines with the others and makes them stronger. Thank You for being the always present, perfect lover of my soul Lord Jesus. Hugs! <3
How difficult or easy has it been for you to develop this 'triple stranded rope' and why?