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There are many kinds of poverty, but, according to Solomon, one of the worst is facing the world alone.  Being an American, we are programmed from an early age to embrace our independence.  We can be an army of one.  Truth is, however, the greatest treasure we can have as people–is each other. 
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There are so many situations in our lives that we need others.  I watch the struggle of adolescence where my kids have felt alone–no real friends–such an emptiness.  Single people that have lost folks or just have not found anyone–struggle daily.  But the saddest of all are those who choose to detach for fear that they may have to give up time or stuff for the benefit of others.  It is a selfishness that becomes a disease and a destructive force–leading to an empty and miserable existence.
 
Solomon makes clear–we are better together.  Two are always better than one.  We can protect, rebuild, encourage and succeed better with others in our lives.  In the end, stuff fades.  All the wealth we acquire has no value beyond the grave.  The legacy of friends, family and folks we have poured our life into–become the true treasure of a life well spent.  Dr. Billy Graham is not iconic because of the buildings he constructed or the wealth he amassed.  He is a legend because he has shared the heart of God’s word to any and everyone that would listen.  His legacy spans generations and continents–but he never did it alone.  To this day–he is changing the world through his kids, his ministry and his life of faith and prayer–He is truly rich, not because of what he has, but because of who he has, and who he has influenced–We are better together.
 
God Bless You

I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun.This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother,

yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can.

But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for?

Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?”

It is all so meaningless and depressing.

Two people are better off than one,

for they can help each other succeed.

If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.

But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm.

But how can one be warm alone?

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated,

but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.

Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.