9Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Don’t go it alone.
Friendships have wisdom in a world where trouble is sure to come. We can deepen friendships to form alliances with a vision of prevailing. The greatest battles ahead are not imaginary tales, video games, or simulated contests of strength. Rather, the battles for our heart-one with Jesus, our character-forming to match His and our integrity-in thought and deed are ahead.
Will you prevail in your faith? Will you have a prevailing pursuit of Jesus? Will you have a life that finishes well? The likelihood goes up when you have a circle of friends, two or three others who share the Jesus-journey with you.
Do you have a circle of three?
Have you expressed your thanks for them recently?
Are you taking steps to invite others in?
Or are you going it alone?
Woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
But… two will withstand, a threefold cord is not quickly broken.