“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 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.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
One of our family values is Relationships. We state it like this: We value Relationships. We commit to loving each other and inviting others into our family.
At our wedding, instead of lighting a unity candle, we decided to braid 3 strands together on a cross made for us by a good friend. There is something quite powerful in the visual representation of this cross for us. Yes, it represents Brian and I weaving our lives together with Christ…”for a triple braided cord is not easily broken”. It also represents our families coming together. The picture of Brian and I standing side by side with Jesus is beautiful to me. There is peace, strength, hope and comfort in knowing I don’t stand alone and we don’t stand alone, however, the picture changes drastically when I see his family and my family standing beside us as well. There is power in numbers.
Don’t hear me wrong. All I need in this life is Jesus. He is forever and He is my strength and portion, but praise Him that He created us to not be physically alone either!
This life is not easy. God is on our side and the battle has been won, but life itself throws us all kinds of curveballs. Our family has seen the power of numbers when it comes to life. There have been times in our lives when standing up was painful. The weight of life was too heavy to carry. It was then that God carried us and He used others in our lives to do so.
Over the next few weeks, Brian and I will to dive into what it means for our family to do life with others. In short, it means allowing people into your messes. Being vulnerable. Being honest and humble. Relationships can be hard. We have experienced that first hand. We can isolate ourselves to protect us from the pain and hurt relationships can cause, or we can step out in faith, knowing that the search for deep, strong, real relationships is worth fighting for.
It does not matter if you are single, married, have children, are young or older. God did not create us to journey through life alone. Our society can often make us feel like we should be able to do it on our own. We are individuals, independent, strong and successful. That way of thinking, for me, is lonely and hard. We choose to walk with others. We choose to stand with others. In the battle of life, we do not want to stand on the front lines alone. We want to stand side by side with our brothers and sisters as Christ leads us onward. We believe two, three, four, twenty… are better than one.
As you read and think on this. What do you hear God speaking to you about relationships in your life?