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. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV)
I can remember when I ran my very first marathon. I knew I wanted to, but I also knew that it was going to be demanding, too tough for me to go it alone, so I found a buddy. My buddy lived near me and we would get up early each morning and meet at the stop light between our houses and run together. As the miles got longer and the tests became tougher we were there to encourage each other, push each other, and stick with one another through thick and thin.
That was many years ago. I’m older now. Hopefully wiser now. I’ve changed through the years, but one thing has and forever will remain a constant…I still need a buddy. I like to try and push myself beyond what I’m capable of mentally, spiritually, and physically. I know me too well. I’ll fail if left to my own devices. I don’t want to live life on the sidelines, I want to really live and get the most of the life the Lord has given me. To do that I need help, so I always try and find a buddy for the journey.
I wanted to read through the entire Bible last year so I asked some buddies to join me to help keep me accountable. It worked! At the beginning of this year I wanted to memorize a verse a week so I asked some buddies to join me to help me stay on track and it’s working so far. I wanted to run the OKC Memorial Half Marathon this year so I found a friend, Matt Smith. Matt and I have met out at Lake Hefner most every Saturday morning for the past couple of months to run miles together. Matt kept me on track. There were Saturdays when I would have rather stayed in bed, but I knew Matt would be waiting for me so I rolled out, laced up my shoes, and hit the lake. Today, when the start of the Memorial began I just didn’t feel it, but Matt was there pushing me like crazy. It was all I could do to keep up with him. When we hit the hills, if it wouldn’t have been for Matt I would have stopped. When I finally turned the corner and saw the finish line it was all worth it! The time, the sacrifice, the pain…it was all worth it!
And so it is with life. We need one another. If you are like me, you will settle for the Lazy Boy if you don’t have someone to hold you accountable. If you are like me, you will settle for the TV rather than tuning into God’s Word if you don’t have someone to hold you accountable. If you are like me, you will settle for the course of least resistance instead of pushing yourself just to see what you can do if you don’t have someone to hold you accountable. If you are like me, you will draw near to the finish line of life full of regrets if you don’t find a buddy as soon as possible and say, “I need help. Can we help one another?” Solomon was right, “Two are better than one…” I want to encourage you to find someone today and get in the game.