Pick ON or Pick FROM
By Pastor Pat Giraldin | March 16, 2018
Most of us have been picked on by someone else for some reason or another at some point in our lives. Being one of a set of identical twins, neither one of us broke 100lbs until we were 16 years old, wore glasses, had braces on our teeth, and mom insisted we slick our hair back. We were easy targets to say the least.
You see, alone we were an easy target to be picked on. This led us to pick on each other for a long time, that is until one day we decided to pick from each other, and stand up to a neighborhood bully. This bully had tortured us independently for a very long time, and we spent a lot of our outside play-time trying to make sure we avoided him! That is until one day when we decided we would join forces. We figured he was gonna pick on us and push us around no matter what, so we thought we would stop being terrified alone and try fighting together: we decided to pick from each other’s strengths instead of picking on each other’s weaknesses.
As I remember, the next time he squared up to me, my brother circled behind him and got down on the ground...I simply did the unexpected: I charged him. In his shock he froze, and I pushed him right over my brother. He hit the ground with some force, more surprised than hurt, and when he got up he had two to fight this time, not just one. He turned and he beat feet in the other direction! We were never bullied by him again! Point is when we decided to join forces and pick from each other over on each other, we became a force to be dealt with, and no longer targets to be picked on.
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 CSB
We are better together, and if you include Jesus, we are down right indestructible! Get it?!
In His grip,