This blog post is the part of a six-post series paraphrased from the sermons of Pastor Mark Hughes of the Church of the Rock, Winnipeg in connection with the ‘40-Days of Community’ small-groups initiative. 40-Days of Community is a method of extending love in the way Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church has demonstrated. Ideas in this series are not mine, I have only a paraphrasing role.
Ecclesiastes: Chapter 4 – Two are better than one!
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 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.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
We know too much about them – when they come home, when they go to wash room, when they have dinner, etc.; yet we don’t even know their names!
Alone in a crowd:
We may be physically in an Indian market place, which, in a city like Mumbai is literally filled with thousands of people; but we might have no one to turn to for help.
African proverb: If alone, you would run fast, but together, you would run farther.
Exodus 18: Small groups are better.
Jethro, Moses‘ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain —and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
It is a secret: You could appoint a few board of directors for your life. Never let them know. In case you have a problem, pick up a phone and ask them.
Sometimes we might be in a desperate need for another pair of hands. A neighbour nearby is far better than a brother far away.
Mother Teresa, contrary to popular belief, did not work alone; she was CEO of a worldwide missionary group.
Who is Vince Lombardi? He was the coach of Green Bay Packers football team. He once disclosed his secret winning formula. Good fundamentals- discipline – team that loves one another.
Standing Beside Jackie Robinson, Reese Helped Change Baseball.
When Robinson was jeered at by crowds for mistakes with racial slurs, Pee Wee put his hands around him in support. That turned the career around for Robinson, who later ended up being inducted into Baseball hall of fame.
Friends come in when the world leaves.