After my daughter recovered from a foot injury we were told that she could resume bicycling. Not wanting to overwhelm her we decided that instead of returning her to captaining the tandem with her sister, we would let her bike on a single for a while. We thought it would be easier to maneuver the single without the challenge of balancing another person. On her first day biking she struggled to keep up with the family on the single bicycle. The next day we opted to try her on the tandem to see if that would help. She did not like the idea of captaining the tandem, but once she was on the road she did fantastic. She wasn't short of breath or tired liked the previous day.
We were surprised how effortless the ride was for her after how much she struggled the day before. It was clear that having her sister working with her powering the pedals made her ride so much easier. Ecclesiastes says "Two are better than one for if one falls the other will pick him up." Two was sure working better than one for our girls!
We can see this also in our family life. When we are trying to work by ourselves we can become weary trying to manage everything on our own. Sometimes we are reluctant to share the work load. Maybe we think no one else can do the jobs as well as we can. Somehow we think we need to be self sufficient and do things all on our own. We miss the blessing that if we are all working together we complete our job list more quickly and we would become a more cohesive community. Working together not only lightens our load, but it builds our family relationships as we labor side by side.