Better Together

by Ryan Krzykowski

Over the past couple months, I’ve been getting together with a coaching friend once a week before work in the morning.  We take turns coming up with a conversation topic, typically grabbing something we read in Scripture or in a devotional and talking about how it applies to our lives.  We worked through an eight week study on John chapter 15, where Jesus talks about abiding/remaining in Him.  I’ve done this kind of thing with others before, it’s usually pretty rewarding, and this go round is certainly no exception.  I really look forward to these conversations, and just for life/logistical reasons, we needed to skip the past couple weeks. 

So this morning after taking a couple weeks off, we got back into it.  And it was absolutely life-giving.  I hadn’t realized how much I’d grown to enjoy those discussions and how much I was missing not having them.  It was huge, and reminded me of a message our Pastor delivered not long ago.  Pastor Nathan was walking us through a section of Philippians chapter 2, and specifically exploring the partnership between Paul, the author of the letter, and the joy derived from his work with his two associates, Timothy and Epaphroditus.  Nathan’s summary points struck a chord with me:

That joy is found in

1. Real Friendship

2. Sacrificial Work.

I’m not going to dig into the entirety of the sermon, (please watch the YouTube link above if you’re interested in a deep dive), but I plan to remember those points for quite a while.  They have rung true throughout my life, and now I have succinct language to help me remember the ideas.

We are at our best when we are engaged in meaningful relationship, doing work that requires something significant from us.  We are absolutely better together.

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