Today, I was on a Zoom call discussing how to combine people's gifts and skills to assist one another. It was an excellent example of how a connection with the right people at the right time can be a powerful way for us to make an impact in the world around us.
Building connection with other people is like being on a team with common goals and vision, and if we choose our connections wisely, being in a team or relationship is very good for us.
In connection, we can make the most of opportunities, learn more about ourselves, gain leadership skills, give to others, and hone our people skills. Plus, working with others helps us to grow and challenge ourselves to be the best version of ourselves.
If we struggle with trusting people, communicating or have negative attitudes and a poor work ethic, then being part of a team or even being in a relationship will quickly highlight these areas. It leaves us with the choice as to whether we will deal with our issues and grow or become stagnant where we are.
My husband and I are a team. We have learnt how to work together, rely on each other's strengths, and fill in the gaps with one another's weaknesses. We seek to help one another get things done and to fulfil the unique dreams God has placed in our hearts both as a couple and individually. We've learnt how to cooperate, give and take, and to work together to achieve and because of that, we are better together!
But "better together" didn't just happen overnight. Much like a soccer or football team, we've had to change strategy, regroup, deal with our issues, swallow our pride, hone our skills in an area to make things work smoothly and determine to keep moving forward, trusting God and one another when circumstances have been challenging.
We've also learnt that we don't have to "fly solo" because God will always bring people to help if our hearts are open and we allow Him to. (Psalm 68:6)
Helen Keller, an American author, political activist and lecturer who was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, knew the importance of teamwork. Her many accomplishments were made possible through the connection and friendship of her instructor and teacher Anne Sullivan.
Helen Keller said, "walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light, for alone we can do so little, together we can do so much".
Today as you seek to fulfil your goals and go about your day, don't forget to check how your close relationships and teamwork with both Jesus and others is going. Because whether we like it or not, two are better than one.
"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Prayer: Lord, thank you that I am part of your team and family. Would you please help me see how great that team is and to have the wisdom and an open heart to know the people you would have me connect with. Thank you that I don't have to fly solo anymore. In Jesus name Amen.