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The cable college package has been subscribed to, and other football fans seem to be as excited as we are that fall is just around the corner. Another season of “new beginnings” awaits, and that’s the inspiration for this month’s devotion which we hope will encourage you in the days ahead:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Football season is here again, and I’m more than ready! After years of watching our sons play Pop Warner, high school, and even college football, I’ve come to appreciate the game. Sure, there’s a lot of hitting, diving, and “cutting” going on all over the field, but once a play is over, an unusual scene often takes place. These gridiron gladiators actually help each other get off the grass, even stretching out their hands to assist opposing players!

That concept is exactly what the Lord passes on to us in this portion of Ecclesiastes. Two are certainly better than one, especially when we are working together in harmony. I’ve always loved the saying, “together we make one great person.” Marriage can include this kind of dual benefit because a husband and wife usually compensate for one another’s weaknesses.

Think about some of the ways you and your spouse help each other in your personal and even your professional lives. Praise the Lord for how you complement one another, and ask for His insight to discover how you can collaborate more and more in the days ahead. Don’t let anything come between the team the two of you are developing. Most of all, if one of you does fall, pick the other up and keep moving forward-together!

*From New Beginnings: Devotions to Develop the Greatest Romance by Dr. Rebecca Wilke, available in our Resources section-or on in book and Kindle formats.

Thought of the Month

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.

Philippians 1:27