March 5, 2013

“When Moses’ hands grew heavy … Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other so that his hands remained steady until the sun went down.” – Exodus 17:12

Together Is One Of The Most Powerful Words In The English Language.

Interestingly geese know how to use it to full advantage. They seem to know instinctively that life is a team sport.

Wildlife biologists tell us that a flock of geese, by flying in a “v” formation, actually adds at least 71% more flying range than if each bird were flying on its own. As each bird flaps its wings it actually creates an updraft for the bird immediately following. Left to itself, the lone goose experiences a drag and resistance that causes it to long for the flock. When the lead bird in the formation tires, it simply rotates to the back of the “V” and another bird flies to the point.

Another case for “together is better.” Draft horses were made for pulling. Some years ago, at a mid-western county fair, the champion animal pulled a sled weighing 4,500 pounds. The second-place horse was able to drag 4000 pounds. Then someone proposed harnessing the two together, to see what they could do as a team. Together they pulled 12,000 pounds!

The point? If our feathered friends know it and those four-footed beasts experience it, why should we be so slow to learn it? Together is better, especially when hardship presses in and life is bound to throw some hardships your way!

Some men have caught it …reaching out in moments of need and vulnerability. They’ve taken the risk and grabbed few friends, asked for prayer, even offered to pray, stepping in during a time of need. They’ve changed their world! The power of friendship and the strength of two or more can make you fly longer and higher, pull bigger loads, and be more of the man you were meant to be. It’s simple —together is better! Men were created to be in relationship! (Some of the above are excerpts from the book: “Locking Arms” by Stu Weber)

“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.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Had Moses been without Aaron and Hur next to him to steady his tired arms and hands during the Israelites battle with the Amalekites, the Israelites would have been defeated.

What about you? Are you living life isolated (not including spouses) or are you living life connected (together) to a few others who know you well? If isolated, is it time for a change?

Think about it!

– Article contributed by Tim Chastain, Director of Men’s Teams for the Master’s Men ministry.