walking with others

1840031829_3414bae0b5I turned my head and saw yet another wisp of smoke on its way to nothingness: a solitary person, completely alone—no children, no family, no friends—yet working obsessively late into the night, compulsively greedy for more and more, never bothering to ask, “Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun? And who cares?” More smoke. A bad business. 

  It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.
   Share the work, share the wealth.
   And if one falls down, the other helps,
   But if there’s no one to help, tough!    -Ecclesiastes 4:7-10

    

I have never managed to get very far in life without the support of my real friends or the strength I have found within my closest relationships.  And while my experience has taught me that the Christian brothers and sisters I have admired most have disappointed me most—I also realize that they couldn’t have done anything but.  The guy over at the dry cleaners may brighten my day one day and irritate me another, but one thing he won’t do is hurt me.  I am not close to him. 

When it comes to people in our lives we must learn to take the good with the bad if we hope to walk with them.

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  1. Lori
    November 6, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    How true that is. Beautifully stated.

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