“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.”
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9 ~
He patiently listens as my words tumble over each other, a jumble of half-thoughts and ideas without names struggling to be defined. He wants to understand, but after all these years, he knows there will likely be a few repetitions before he does. This wife of his thinks in words, and processes those thoughts with words. Many, many, many words. The words will bring me hope, or peace, or decision, or understanding, and the articulation draws the mess of them from chaos into clarity. To be honest, it drives us both a little crazy, but I need it nearly as much as my next breath. It is work, for both of us.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us two are better than one. Simple wisdom, obvious truth, but not always easy to apply. Two can mean risk. Two can be work. But two can be beautiful. The mister is the one who most often makes me two, but sometimes it’s a girlfriend or a mentor or a pastor. It doesn’t really matter who, as the truth remains, two are better, and if you struggle against not good enough, two are vital. We don’t always see the lies for what they are and we need someone alongside to tell us the truth.
So who makes you two? If no one comes to mind, please find someone. It’s worth the work. It’s worth the risk.