The Lone Gladiator

I’ve never had an interest to join the armed forces.  Combat sounds terrifying to me.

But do you know what sounds even worse?  Fighting alone.  I like my chances WAY better if I have someone (make that lots of someones) by my side.  Armor = good.  No armor = not good.  Team = good.  Lone gladiator = not so good.

Combat, Stage Combat.

I lost the fight in the photo above.  Granted, it was scripted that way… but I don’t really think I would stand a chance alone in a real fight.  I think the principle can be applied spiritually.  Check it…

(Somewhere I lost my brain and forgot the days of the week. So laugh with me when I mention that it’s Thursday… we’ll just call this Friday’s Thursday Tip)

Biblical truth about teamwork:

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”  Ephesians 6:13-18, The Message

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.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

   But how can one keep warm alone? 
Though one may be overpowered, 
   two can defend themselves. 
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NIV

Live together.  Fight together!


*Photo by Arthur J Zatarski