Doing and Achieving Things Together

Document Sample
Doing and Achieving Things Together Powered By Docstoc
					Helping my father with my parents' lawns each fortnight is one way of
staying connected as well as ensuring important maintenance work is done
- and completed in a way that is easier in accomplishment together than
alone. Without a word said, we spur each other quietly on.

It's noticed, also, when it comes to working out - gym activities are
always more fun when done with a partner.

Doing and achieving things together has an important practical component
- that the work gets done - and it's also a way that intimacy can be
procured and enhanced in a healthily distractive setting.

TEAMWORK AND LONELINESS

For all the downsides in doing things together - like having to
compromise on methods and rein in selfishness - it is by far more
preferable than struggling, alone, at tasks that either require two
people or would be more fun done that way.

Loneliness is just as much about a lack of felt intimacy - with other
people or with ourselves - as it is anything else. It's a state of heart
that defies the moment's reconciliation to be at peace. No one relishes
it.

This is why cherishing time to do things together is about enjoying the
fellowship as much as it is doing the task itself. We all have memories
of group-times that, for the life of us, we would love to replicate, but
can't - truly great times that can never quite be totally recaptured in
the present day.

So, the activity completed is one thing, but the time together - whether
a twosome or a whole group - is entirely another thing; the task is
material and the fellowship is spiritual. One we can almost put a price
on; the other we can't.

THINGS DONE TOGETHER - DOUBLE THE PURPOSE AND MEANING

Whenever we do things together we urge each other on - if not vocally,
then it's by recognition of the witness of the other person: we see them
work and it inspires us to follow their lead and vice versa.

Things done together unveil the blessings of community; even the twosome.
The promise of Jesus' presence - "where two or three are gathered in my
name, I am there also" - becomes, at some sense, the visible reality for
those involved (Matthew 18:20). What they do, they do for goodness and
grace - it brings out our individual best.

***

Achieving things as an individual might always be inferior to achieving
things together. The help of a friend or our help to them is the operant
kindness of God when done willingly. It is perhaps the simplest of
blessings.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Stats:
views:4
posted:2/8/2012
language:
pages:1
Description: About friendships. tips and trips.