27th September 2020
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)
The other day I came home from work and started tidying the house. I was sweeping near our dining table and something caught my eye… a SPIDER had made its home on my dining table leg! I cannot do spiders. I can’t even touch a book that has a picture of a spider. Adam (my husband), didn’t finish work for another half an hour, so I just sat dead still on the lounge until he got home. I wasn’t going anywhere near that thing.
Adam gets home and in a very flustered voice I tell him the story. Then he says the three words I did not want to hear! “Where is it?” IT WAS GONE! I was adamant that I wasn’t getting off the lounge until it was found. Adam was a champion and looked everywhere. He finally found it snuggled up in one of the holes under the table. He took care of it, then I asked him to search every other hole under the table to make sure there wasn’t a little family living there!
Without Adam to help me in this situation, I would’ve been out of action for quite a bit of time. If that spider was still hanging out under my table, I would’ve resorted to moving to a new house (that may be a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean).
We were not created to go through life alone. God created us with the desire to have relationships, community and family.
Life can be tough. There are times in life when we are faced with really difficult challenges. It’s in these times that we need each other. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says:“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up”.
In saying that, we also need people to celebrate with us! When we achieve something great, have exciting news to share, learn something new, or break through in an area that we’ve been struggling in, we need people around us to help with the celebration.
Don’t allow yourself to do life alone. Get around people who will build you, help you, encourage you, fight for you and cheer you on.
With your families and gatherings this week, we encourage you to chat about today's #ImpactOnline message.
1. What does it mean to be a Jesus follower in this time?
2. How can you be intentional about the way you have community accountability?
3. Who are you roped to? Who is ahead of you and who is behind you?