Another Word…by Gus Keiser

January 22, 2018

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

                                                                                                                        Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10

 Have you ever heard this phrase used around the church: “We are better together”? What a fantastic slogan.  But even more than just a slogan, “better together” means that when other people are in our lives, we’ll thrive.  Better together is not only a great idea, it’s biblical.

“Better together” also means that God has created us and calls us into relationships with others. Not only has he summoned us into a personal relationship with himself, but he also invites us to have significant relationships with others.  Apart from entering into those kinds of deep, real relationships, there’s no way we’re going to be able to live the lives of abundance that God has intended for us.  But when we do have real, connecting relationships in our lives, we can.  “Know and be known; love and be loved; celebrate and be celebrated; and serve and be served”…that’s God’s invitation to us today, and it should be what we as Christians should want for ourselves.

Real and meaningful relationships should promote friendships, and when I think of friendships, three images come to mind:

Friendship is sometimes like a lump of unformed clay. It sort of just sits there like this gray glob of muck.  It’s undeveloped; not really good for much…but it does have potential.  It’s just going to take some work to shape it.

Friendship is sometimes like a lump of clay that’s being formed. Time and intention have to be put into its formation.  Maybe it’s developing the shape of a bowl or an urn or a mug.  The friendship is nice, it could be functional, but it’s not yet all it’s intended to be.

But friendship can also be like this beautiful vase. Here, that clay that started out as that gray glob has been formed and put through the fire.  When it’s drawn from that kiln, it’s complete.  It’s functional, and it’s all it’s meant to be.  It’s a thing of beauty.

God’s intention for friendships is to let them become all they can be.

It’s these types of relationships that are always within our grasp. God brings them our way, and then invites our cooperation in their forming.  So, if you’ve been holding back for whatever reason, possibly drowning in some pool of isolation, there is good news my fellow Christian…you can change!  But don’t wait.  Find someone.  Connect.  Cultivate.  And then commit to cherish that new-found friendship.  Seize the day!  Because, remember…we’re always better together…both with each other…and with God!!

Lord, draw us together in friendship with you and with others. Amen

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