“Alone we go fast, together we go far.”
I came across this quote at the National Youth Workers Convention about a year ago and I absolutely champion it! In fact, it is a statement I can see played out in my life day in and day out. I am not sure if your mind works like mine, but sometimes it is just plain easier to do it yourself, by yourself. Do you know what I mean?
My son is turning 9 years old this month. But it seems like just yesterday that I was heading out to mow the lawn, something that really isn’t my favorite thing to do, and my then 5 year old son looked up at me and said, “Daddy, I want to help you mow.” I stood over him, faced with a decision to make as a parent. Do I include my son and become a teacher, thereby slowing down the process of mowing and extending a project I already loath doing? Or, do I say thanks son, but maybe next time and go knock out my project?
Reluctantly, and believing deep in my heart that I would soon regret my decision, I invited Brennan to mow with me. While the process did take considerably longer, and while many blades of grass were spared their life that fateful day, it was quite enjoyable to walk directly behind him and watch him use all his might struggling to get the mower to go where he desired it to go. He was so proud of his work when he was done, to the point that he literally beamed with pride.
Four summers later he is still helping me with the lawn. But the reality is, now that he has had more practice, is older and stronger, we are able to divide and conquer. He mows the lawn and I weed eat and empty the mower for him when it is full. The job I loathed has become an incredible moment with my son each week. The time I “wasted” has led to so much more time saved. In fact, while coming home from camp this summer, feeling the exhaustion setting in, it hit me…I have to mow the lawn. But as I pulled into my drive way absolute relief rushed deep into my being…my son had mowed the lawn all by himself for his daddy!
Alone we may be able to go fast, but together, we can accomplish so much more all the while being a tremendous blessing and encouragement to each other’s faith during the different seasons of life.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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.”
How about you, will you take the risk of doing life together with fellow believers? Will you be willing to possibly be slowed down, so that in the end you can accomplish so much more? “Alone we may be able to go fast, but together we will go far!”