Two Are Better Than One

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour” Ecclesiastes 4:9

In the summer of 1985 I was teaching a variety of outdoor pursuits designed to challenge students both intellectually and physically. Group work was an integral part of the program and at the commencement of the course, students were randomly assigned to a group for the duration of the week. They then competed in obstacle courses, orienteering exercises, the lateria course, the stalking of the lantern, as well as other leadership and group building exercises. Some groups never “clicked,” some had internal hostility, others lacked enthusiasm, and some worked effectively.

But the group I’ll never forget was the one I felt was doomed to fail. This group probably had the nine smallest boys coupled with the largest. He was affectionately known as “Tubby” and weighed more than 130 kg/290 lbs.

The day arrived when they were going to compete on the obstacle course. The teachers wondered what would happen when Tubby came to negotiate vertical obstacles of more than six meters, a mud crawl, climbing nets, a horizontal wire walk, hanging tyres, and a zip line over a river. Well, it was amazing. These nine little “terriers” snapped around Tubby as they shoved and heaved him around that course. They dragged him, prodded him, lifted him and stretched him over, under, and through each and every obstacle. Their tenacity soon had the hundred-plus grade ten students cheering them on with shouts of encouragement and rounds of applause. It was a superhuman effort and when they had finished they were more dead than alive. Nonetheless, it was no doubt worthwhile. One look at their mud-splattered, yet grinning faces, confirmed their obvious sense of accomplishment and pride.

These students were an outstanding example of the fact that “two are better than one” Ecclesiastes 4:9. Every time Tubby stumbled and fell his friends helped him up. Success was achieved because they pulled together. In like manner, you can overcome difficulties and “have a good return for (your) work” Ecclesiastes 4:9, if you team up with a Christian friend and pull together. Yes, when you tackle the day’s obstacles with a buddy in Christ you’ll be assured of greater success.

So remember. When you’re committed to God and a friend you are smart. For a threefold cord won’t easily part!

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