When you have a job to get done, you need the right tool. Hammers and screwdrivers work great for doing the job they were designed for, but sometimes you need something a little more complex. You need a tool that has the right attachment for the job, one that cooperates with that tool to get the job done.

Like a drill.  Without the right drill bit to do the work, it’s just a noisy paperweight.

Or a ratchet. Without the right socket, well, I guess you’ve got a shiny little … hammer maybe?  It’s just not useful unless you have both parts working together.

There are even some tools that don’t need another piece.  They need another person, like those lumberjack crosscut saws. The saw won’t work at all unless two people are working together.  That’s cooperation—working together to do more than you could do alone.

When you think about it, cooperation is huge. When you cooperate, you can build more. You learn more. You can do more.

As kids are growing they become more aware of the people around them. They have friends on the playground or in their neighborhood. They have to work in teams to finish projects in school. If they don’t learn God’s plan for cooperation, they’ll have a difficult time getting along with people. That’s why it’s important that we take some time out to discover more about what the Bible says about cooperation.

Cooperation is actually a spiritual concept that originates with God. God designed us as human beings not only to need each other, but also to need Him. Now, it’s not like God was up in heaven desperate for some help, so He made us. No, God is all-sufficient. But, He created us so we could have a relationship with Him, and so that we could participate in His work together. In other words, God put all of us together on this planet to do more together than we could ever do alone, and in some cases—with His help—to do things that might even seem “un-doable.”

So, we want every leader, every parent and every child to memorize this verse of Scripture: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIV

 

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