If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

-African Proverb

It’s rather simple actually. We are better together. It is also harder together.

I’ve always thought of myself as a loner. The thought of becoming a hermit and moving into a cavern where I never see another human for the rest of my life is not altogether distasteful to me.

But…

I know that would not be best for me.

I’ve learned through experience, time and time again, that I am better because of those that have been willing to journey alongside me. Because of my beloved spouse, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and anyone else that has been a part of my life for more than two seconds, I am better. I am more equipped for the long haul that is this life.

It is also harder.

My life as a hermit would be rather simple and straightforward. There would be no unexpected conversations, no loving challenges, no need for relational maintenance.

While simple and straightforward, my life as a hermit would also be severely lacking.

I know that I need others to journey alongside me.

As one Agape Family, the principle holds.

We are better together.

And…

Life together is hard.

If we are going to go far, if Agape is to exist beyond the horizon of what we can now see, we have to do it together.

Because the more segmented and isolated we become, the less equipped we will be for the long haul.

The difficult work of loving together, living together, learning together, growing together, and journeying together is the necessary work of sustainability.

As God calls us, may we journey together.

Peace to you,

 

MM

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