9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
I was reminded of the truth of this verse this week. While talking to a friend, he mentioned that we really only have 2 response to stress: to turn away from people or to turn toward people. It’s often not a conscious choice we make, but we always do one of these two in response to stress. We either chose to engage with others about it (there’s a lot of different healthy and unhealthy ways to do that) or we keep it to ourselves. Bottling it up and keeping it to ourselves is a dangerous place to be. As Ecclesiastes points out, we need each other. We are better off with the support of others. There’s no power in isolating ourselves.
We want ACC to be a place where you find the relationships you need. That’s one of the reasons we have so many great options for small groups. Have you considered joining one of our groups? We have groups for men, women, and sermon based discussion growth groups.