BY: Eli Thomas
BIBLE TEXT: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “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.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: The past few months have been a time of great change and turmoil for our nation. There is great division among coworkers, friends, and even families, due to opinions of what is important and what we should do about it. Thinking on this while struggling to keep up with the unsteady grind of searching for my own work/life balance, I found myself in Ecclesiastes. Solomon, the wisest king of Jerusalem, lays out that political stances and even our daily toil is ultimately meaningless. That’s some feel good stuff, right? This was not my favorite thing to read on break during a twelve hour shift but I kept going, and in his talks of searching the world for meaningful things Solomon writes the verses that I’ve included — a drab and depressing few chapters brightened by the idea of companionship. The wise king has found in all human pursuits that people need each other.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: We live in an age of misinformation, deception, and short fuses, but we, as Christians, have been called to tell the masses how they should live and what they should hold dear because WE are the light in the darkness.
We are called simply and complexly to love everybody. Jesus tells us to love one another as He has loved us. Now, we aren’t quite capable of that but we are meant to fulfill His purpose in the lives of those around us. People need people. It’s the only reason more people exist. (I checked. It’s in Genesis chapter two). None of us survive purely on our own and the world needs us to do our part as followers of Christ and show the pure love He has shown us. So please take time every day to remember before typing that Facebook post, before arguing with that coworker, or even griping at the radio about what the president is doing, the one rule: Everybody Love Everybody.
PRAYER: Lord, help me today to remember your role in my story and the love you have shown me. Help me to see those around me the way you see them and lose myself in your thoughts. I wish to be a better steward of your message and your love and I ask that you not let me miss my opportunity to share you with those who need you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My name is Eli Thomas. My incredible wife, Sarah, and I have been married for close to three months now and even though there are things in my life that I work to change, I am ultimately a very happy man. I lead Pneuma (our young adult small group) on Wednesdays and live a pretty active life. I am always available to talk about anything, but I do take being facetious very seriously.