Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
(Ecclesiastes 4:11 ESV)
One of the things I am reading is a book by Peter Doggett called You Never Give Me Your Money recounting the events that lead to the end of the Beatles and what happened afterwards. It’s a fascinating though tragic read. A reason for its tragedy is seeing how a group that had made such an impression on the culture of the day disintegrated. At the heart of that break up was how two men who had worked so well together drifted apart and were not able to move on from each other in a cordial way. An intrinsic argument that’s often dogged the careers of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney is for all the music they made after 1970 they never reached the heights of creative brilliance they reached in the band even if the songs tended to be more from one than the other. The argument in essence suggests they were never as good alone as they were together.
It’s good to know there are some things the Bible reveals to us about the truths of life. There are some things though that I think life reveals to be true whether you read the Bible or not. One of those truths is that we as a species tend to be better together than alone. No significant achievement of life is ever solely the outcome of just an individual’s efforts. At the very least that individual would have been influenced, spurred on or somehow inspired by someone else or something else produced by someone else.
This principle of greater together than alone is in-built in the way we appear and develop on the planet. We are the result of two people coming together. That relationship, that partnership, that expression of sweetest of sweet fellowship proclaims to all creation look at the wonder of what happens when we’re together. Which also helps to explain why such a beautiful and miraculous expression of humanity is suggested in the confines of two people committed to life together.
Life alone has some benefits and we can appreciate the time to be alone. Yet all of creation indicates we’re better off not being alone. That most important of all relationships between the husband and wife is the very cornerstone of that principle. There is little on earth more powerful than a husband and wife working, living and loving together. From the establishment of the physical home to the development of the family and the spread of key values far beyond the family home there is something so potent about that husband and wife being together.
Lots of help is available on how that relationship can flourish, but the success of the human relationship is dependent on the success of the divine relating with the human. That then goes to how well siblings work together and then how friends can work so well together. These embedded outstanding qualities of the human condition as inspired by God can truly bring about great things.
All beginning by understanding that our best work isn’t usually in solo projects but learning again and again the beauty of being together.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden