Saturday, August 4, 2007

No One to Help

From my morning reading

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him--a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Several years ago there was a television commercial that had an elderly person acting out this line, "I have fallen and I can't get up." This stirring line was intended to remind us that we all need someone to help us in times of need. For example, in many areas of the country where senior adults reside, they have a "friend call" program. It's designed to have someone check daily on the elderly citizens to account for all of them.

Men need friends who will check on them and to whom they are accountable for their daily actions. Ecclesiastes 4:9 -12 reminds us that "two are better than one." When one must make a decision or keep a commitment, two men can hold each other accountable for their actions. Men also need other men as friends with whom they can discuss the concerns and issues of life. Remember that even the Lone Ranger had a partner who traveled with him and with whom he worked to fight the outlaws of their day.

Father, please help me to be a friend to other men I know. May I also allow other men to befriend me. Amen.

From God’s Man
A Daily Devotional Guide to Christlike Character
Edited by: Don M. Aycock

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