BESIDE YOU

It’s amazing how much smaller even the biggest tasks become when you’ve got someone beside you to help. Too many times we tackle challenges alone and try to solve problems on our own —I’m the world’s worst — and ultimately we learn that working this way makes us stress out and become vulnerable to discouragement and defeat.

When you accepted God’s call and became a Christ-follower you took on an enormous job. The call to discipleship is to go deep in to the richness of Christ but sometimes it can seem as if you’re drowning in the vastness of all that lies before you. Here’s a tip! You can’t do it alone. It takes two, at least. You need someone to help you get the job done.

I challenge you to consider a couple of things. First, take a minute to identify your partners or mentors. In each project, think about their role and your role, how you complement one another, and how you can build on one another’s strengths. Make it a point this week to focus on what’s right in the relationship, not what’s wrong. Secondly, in the areas where you struggle — personal, spiritual, career, ministry — ask yourself, “Who can I bring in to help me make this better?” Whatever you're trying to accomplish, having a team member can get you there faster. 

Solomon talked about this idea in Ecclesiastes. He speaks to how futile it is to work alone. He reminds us, “Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 3:9)  More importantly, Solomon reminds us that working with a team helps one bounce back more quickly from defeat.  “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 3:10)  Solomon finishes this thought by saying, “Two can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 3:12)
 
Do you want to put your life in overdrive? Bring on a partner, a mentor— two or three. See how much more quickly you move down the road of accomplishment.

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