“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 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

The number one reason people don’t have deep connections with friends in their life is the inherent need to succeed. There is a need to succeed and I hope you succeed, and I hope you do well in business or in ministry, or in whatever it is that you do: your hobbies, sports, in school. I want you to succeed, but let me tell you succeeding alone is worse than failing with friends. One of the greatest, most fulfilling things you can do is succeed with people, with the people you love. That when you cross that finish line, you get there with your friends or family. You get to hug each other and know that you did this together because you hung through thick and thin. You succeeded as a team. That is the best way to win at anything. As a pastor, I have seen enough people dying alone with lots of money. I do not want that for you. In the end, all your trophies, your money, and all the stuff that you have doesn’t matter as much as having loved ones. You get to start a legacy of the next generation that you know, you loved, you empowered, you supported, and you launched. In order to do that, you’ve got to connect deeply with others; with the people that matter to you, and there may only be four or five, or two or one of them, but to connect deeply with the people in your life.

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for the people in my life. I pray that I will connect with my loved ones more, and value people over the need to succeed.

REFLECTION: How do you think you could better connect with others?  

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