Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10 - Two Are Better Than One.

Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10 (NLT) Two people are 
better off than one, for they can help each other 
succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach 
out and help. But someone who falls alone is in 
real trouble.  

Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10 (MSG) It's better to 
have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, 
share the wealth. 10 And if one falls down, the 
other helps, But if there's no one to help, tough! 


   Anxiety gripped my stomach as I trudged 
along a walking trail in the small Montana town 
where we spend our summers. My husband, Jim, was 
temporarily stuck at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, where 
he'd been servicing the base's microscopes. He 
should've been home already, but his flight out had 
been delayed again and again by turbulent 
weather. In a couple of weeks, our family would be 
making our annual journey north to our winter home 
in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was becoming clear 
that the overwhelming job of packing up the house 
would be mine alone. I sighed. I didn't see how 
it'd all get done. 
   Honk, honk, honk. I looked up. A V of 
geese was visible overhead, heading south. I 
remembered reading how geese travel in formation to 
conserve energy. The bird in front pulls the geese 
behind in its slipstream. And the uplift of the 
wings of the birds following creates a draft that 
pushes the group forward. The overall effect of 
this aerial push-pull is dramatic, allowing geese 
who travel together to go up to 80 percent 
farther than a solitary goose, flying alone. 
   I thought about the friends who knew our 
situation and had offered to help. One had said she'd 
watch our six-year-old as I packed. Another 
volunteered to help put the garden to bed for the 
winter. Still someone else had said she'd help me 
can the mountains of garden produce piled in the 
kitchen. It was true Jim was delayed, but I was 
hardly alone. I had a flock of friends ready to 
lift me up and move me forward. Together, we'd 
get done what I couldn't accomplish alone. 
   Thank You, God, for the encouragement and 
beautiful blessings my friendships bring to my life. 
Erin Janoso [Walking in Grace 2021 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Relationships Are Your Raincoat in the Storm
   Relationships are a raincoat during the 
storms of life. No matter which of our friends or 
family members are going through a storm, we have 
to help each other. People committed to one 
another protect each other in the storm. 
   Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10 says, Two are 
better off than one  If one of them falls down, 
the other can help him up. But if someone is 
alone and falls, its just too bad, because 
there is no one to help him (GNT). 
   There are three storms that we need to 
care for those we care about. The first is 
change. Another storm of life is what I call harmful 
   But the most painful storm of all is 
rejection. When your friend, your children, or your 
husband or your wife feels rejected, you - and 
others close to them - need to rally around them 
and be there as a raincoat in the storm. 
   Ill never forget many years ago when 
my oldest child, Amy, was in high school. She 
tried out to be a cheerleader. She went to 
practice after practice. Her friends got accepted, 
but she was rejected, and it broke her heart. 
When she came home, she ran into her room, went 
into her closet, sat down on the floor, and burst 
into tears. 
   Every one of us in our family could hear 
Amy crying. And one by one, all on our own, we 
ended up walking into her room, sitting down on 
the floor in her closet with her, and crying 
with her. 
   We didnt give her any advice. She 
didnt need advice! We didnt say, Now now, 
dont worry. Its not a big deal. It was a 
big deal! We didnt say, Dont cry! 
Thats a stupid thing to say to somebody whos 
grieving. No. We all just sat there and for about 30 
minutes just cried with her. 
   Our family will never forget that 
incident. Why? Because at that point, we were being a 
raincoat for her. We were being a storm catcher. We 
were being a protector. Somebody in our family 
had been hurt, and we werent demeaning it. We 
werent trying to talk her out of it. We werent 
trying to cheer her up. We just wept with her. 
   Awesome families - biological, adoptive, 
and spiritual - protect each other in the storm. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 

Why You Need Help to Overcome Temptation
   Is there a temptation you keep stumbling 
with over and over again? Maybe its related to 
jealousy, worry, lust, gossip, gluttony, or the 
overuse of electronics and social media. Whatever it 
is, you wont have victory over a persistent 
temptation if you try to overcome it by yourself. 
   Who's helping you fight temptation? While 
you're spending more time alone during the 
pandemic, who's checking up on you? Who have you 
invited to help you grow spiritually? Who do you 
allow to ask you the tough questions? Who are you 
checking up on? 
   The Bible says, Two 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 (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT). 
   You don't have to tell everybody about 
the temptations you struggle with, but you do 
need to tell somebody. That person can support 
you and help you overcome your struggles. 
   When someone says, I've never told 
this to anybody before  be quick to listen 
and pay attention because it may mean they are 
taking the first step toward freedom. Remember 
this: Revealing your feeling is the beginning of 
healing. Talking about your temptations is the way 
you overcome them. 
   How serious are you about changing? 
Wouldnt you like to come out of the pandemic with a 
stronger faith, having overcome a persistent 
temptation? Why not reach out to a friend, who can help 
you be accountable. You can connect through 
text, direct message, video chat, or even a good, 
old-fashioned phone call. 
   There are some bad habits in your life 
you're just not going to get over until you get 
support from a committed friend. Find that person, 
and then be that person for someone else. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 

Were Better Together
   When I have an encounter with someone, I 
often pray: "God, let me get everything You intend 
for me to get out of this encounter. I assume 
every encounter is God ordained, and believe He 
will be glorified and His purposes will be 
achieved. I have been amazed and blessed over the 
years as God has answered my prayer.  
   When God led me to Asheville, I would 
come to the city and spend hours walking and 
driving the streets. One day while stopped at a 
traffic light, I heard a man singing, so I turned 
down an alley to find the singer - a man named 
Charles. We struck up a conversation, and Charles 
began to tell me about his life. This was my very 
first personal encounter with a person living on 
the streets.  
   I've thought about him many times since 
that day. Charles was once a professor at UNCA, 
but alcoholism had destroyed his career, his 
family, and his relationships. His "home" was a camp 
near Coxe Avenue. My time with Charles really 
changed me. God used him to open my heart to the 
needs of the homeless, and I began to see how I or 
anyone could be one or two choices away from being 
in a similar situation.  
   God's answer to my prayer that day was 
powerful to my heart. I was blessed by my time with 
Charles, and I pray he was blessed by me.  
   We all need each other. Too often we go 
through hard times, and the first thing we do is 
isolate ourselves. People mistreat us, so we tell 
ourselves the only way to survive is to build walls 
and keep people out. We say we have "trust 
issues. But when we do this we cheat ourselves out 
of God's best.  
   God uniquely created us in His image and 
likeness with a certain purpose and plan; however, we 
must relate to each other to see His plan fully 
realized. There is no way we can accomplish what God 
has for us as loners.  
   The enemy loves it when we separate 
ourselves. It's one of his most powerful and wicked 
strategies. Causing division and "trust issues" has been 
his plan from the start. He uses his tricks to 
fracture every relationship he can.  
   On the other hand, allowing God to 
sharpen us through our relationships can be 
challenging. This ministry depends on relationships. The 
clients who succeed here make the most of the 
Proverbs 27 wisdom that iron sharpens iron. They 
submit to the truth that we are better together and 
allow for God's sharpening process.  
   Ecclesiastes chapter four tells us, "Two 
are better than one, because they have a good 
reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will 
lift up his companion. But woe to him who is 
alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him 
up. Again, if two lie down together, they will 
keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though 
one may be overpowered by another, two can 
withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly 
   God created us to live in Covenant - a 
deep committed relationship with Him where He 
reveals Truth to us. He also calls us to live in 
covenant with each other where we choose to love each 
other as He has loved us. Just as Jesus and the 
Father are one, we can be one with Him and with 
each other. One with Him, we can live fully in 
His blessing. One with each other, we can bring 
Him limitless glory.  
   God continues to bless me through the 
many folks who come through our doors. He also 
blesses me through you. I sincerely thank you for 
being in relationship with Western Carolina Rescue 
Ministries. I pray that you may be richly blessed by 
this ministry, and I pray that in the year ahead 
we may bring much glory to God as we minister 
together to the needs of the homeless, poor and 
addicted. By Micheal Woods, Executive Director of the 
WC Rescue Mission 


Becoming a Runner
   A couple of years ago, I decided I was 
going to run a half-marathon. Since I hadn't run a 
mile since high school, I called my 
brother-in-law - a runner - and asked him to help me come 
up with a training plan. This is what he told 
me: "Start with a mile a day and increase over 
   Were I a reasonable person, I would have 
listened to what this experienced runner told me, but 
instead I decided I'd improve on it. If running one 
mile a day is good, isn't running three miles a 
day even better? I found out the hard way that 
running longer without building up to it is a very 
bad idea. I blew out my knee and injured my 
foot. I'd run 120 miles in six weeks, but now I 
couldn't run at all. I wasn't able to finish my 
   We all need people in our lives who are 
willing to tell us that we need to slow down or 
speed up. In recovery, it's tempting to skip 
important steps and find out too late that our bid for 
wholeness and healing has been short-circuited. The 
road to recovery is not meant to be traveled 
alone. We are better together. Whatever we do in 
life, we should not do it alone. We not only need 
someone to help us come up with a plan, but we also 
need someone to help us stick with the plan.  
   Thank you, Father, for putting people in 
my life who can help me reach my goals. In 
Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily 
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] re vss. 10, 12 

Stay Away from Coyotes
   I once witnessed an interesting encounter 
between a young elk and a group of coyotes. When I 
first noticed the coyote, the elk was about fifty 
yards ahead, running for his life. Then I saw 
three more coyotes trying to circle around in 
front of the elk. I was pretty sure this wasn't 
going to end well for the elk. But then the young 
elk got to the top of a small hill and stopped. 
Seconds later, a much larger, full-grown elk stepped 
up from the other side. Within seconds, a 
couple hundred more appeared. The coyotes 
immediately turned and ran in the other direction, in 
full retreat.  
   That is a familiar plan of attack that 
our enemy, the devil, uses on us. He tries to 
isolate us so that he can take us out. 
Unfortunately, this tactic often works. Wander out there on 
our own and we're likely to be history. 
Especially in recovery, it's so important to stay 
connected to family and supportive friends. There 
really is safety in numbers.  
   When we realize that the enemy is trying 
to surround us, the best thing we can do is run 
to church or to a meeting. Reach out to someone 
for help, but never try to go it alone. When we 
stand together, we put the enemy in full retreat. 
   Father, thank you for those you have 
placed in my life to stand with me in my recovery. 
In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily 
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] re John 13:34, 35 


Genesis 2:18 (NIV) The Lord God said, "It is 
not good for the man to be alone. I will make a 
helper suitable for him."  


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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