2015’s word is TOGETHERNESS.
The dictionary defines it as a state of closeness or affection from being united with other people.
It implies relationship and nearness.
In Hebrew it is yachad which means a union or all together. It is almost always used with an action of dwelling or doing something together.
Each Thursday I’m going to share a scripture and a challenge to help build Togetherness in our lives along with a testimony of how God has used that verse in my life over the past week.
This Thursday’s verse is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow man: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has no one to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
T is for TEAM.
We got a new game for Christmas called Castle-Panic. 3-6 players have to work together to kill all the goblins, orcs, and trolls before the monsters can destroy your castle. It is a fierce team vs monsters game requiring team thinking and team work.
We often talk about fellowship or community as if it is just something that exists, but really it only exists if we think and work together. It’s the same in our families. We can all live under the same roof but that isn’t what makes us a family. A family works and plays together. They support each other through the good and the bad.
This game was a great object lesson in the need to rely on one another. If you don’t work together (trade cards and strategies) the enemy can quickly become overwhelming. Likewise it allowed us to have some good conversations about why it is important to never face the enemy of our hearts alone. We also talked about protecting our interior castles (hearts) and about the importance of asking for help and praying for one another. I was amazed at how much we learned just by playing a cooperative game, like Castle-Panic, together.