A few weeks ago we did a sermon series called "Sent" where Jesus sent his disciples out to do ministry. We spent a lot of time talking about how he trained them up, sent them out and how they learned from their wins and loses. But one thing I should have emphasized is that he did not send them out alone. Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs.
He did this for lots of reasons. He sent them out in pairs for safety. He sent them out in pairs for accountability. But he also sent them out in pairs for encouragement. When things are hard and we get discouraged...we need the other to lift us up.
Ecclesiastes 4 tells us, "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."
I am blessed to have friends who help me up. We all fall down sometimes. We all get knocked down sometimes. We are blessed to have people to help us up, dust us off and get us back on our feet. Let us be thankful for that blessing.
And let us be that blessing to others. If your brother or sister is in need, or going through a hard time...help them, love them, go with them, be with them, sit with them...pick them up. We are sent, but not alone, we are sent together.