Better Than One

I hate to have just one cookie, you know? I mean, if you are going to have a cookie, always have two. You can eat the first and enjoy it with a sense of knowing there’s another waiting. I usually power through the first one anyway. When I get to the second, I take a little more time, knowing it is the last one. Sigh.

But Solomon isn’t talking about cookies, or food, or wives. He is making an observation about life. Two people in a relationship are better than one person alone. He echoes God’s observation in Genesis 2, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Solomon. Observed that when one stumbles, the other can pick up.

Equally important, Solomon reminds us that we were not designed to be alone. We were designed for community. We need another person. Of course God solved that problem by creating a second gender, the female, to complement the male. I don’t see that necessarily here, but it is certainly possible. A man and a woman are complementary partners, and in marriage are even committed to each other’s well-being. But in view can also be fellow warriors, or best friends, or even two walking along the same road.

Who is he person in your life that fulfills this role, that picks you up when you stumble? Who do you help when they fall? We all need someone like that. As Christians, we are called to live in community, and not try to live our our faith alone. Even if it’s not in your nature, you need to make friends. I encourage you today to make as many as you can.

God bless you this morning a throughout the day!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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