Friday, January 29, 2016

A Lesson From Skiing

Tip: If you are tired of your snow photos looking like basic black & white images, add a little blue filter to change it up.

Recently I got to experience the privilege (and pain) of downhill skiing. It was a spectacular day of learning, both in regards to the sport and other lessons gained from it. One of the biggest lessons I learned on the slopes that day is that some things just shouldn't be tackled alone.
As much as our culture tells us we must always be autonomous, there are some places in life where that just is not a wise choice. There were times when I fell that my legs and skis got so badly tangled that I couldn't move an inch without the assistance of someone else to detach my feet from the skis. Without help, I likely would have injured myself trying to get back up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 has some very relevant insight on this: "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

Likewise, the Christian life is not meant to be lived alone either. Proverbs 27:17 states that "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." and Psalm 34:3 says "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!" Then there is the famed command of Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

Can we do any of the things talked about in those verses if we are trying to take on life while distancing ourselves from fellow believers?

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