Verse of the Year: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re celebrating the New Year by selecting scripture verses to guide us through 2013. We’ve been running a series of Guest Posts from readers of the blog and members of the network. We pray they will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you in the new year! 

By Theresa Ceniccola

Scripture Verse for 2013: 

 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work…A cord of three stands is not quickly broken.”  – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

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If you’ve ever read The Purpose Driven Life, you know the first line in the book makes the bold statement, “It’s not about you.” As I contemplated a scripture verse to guide me through 2013, I remembered Rick Warren’s message and heard God telling me to think beyond myself – that my verse of the year needs to speak to something greater than me and my own goals and desires. It needs to be more about God’s plans for me than about my plans for the year. 

The book of Ecclesiastes is the perfect reminder to me that God designed me for a purpose and that without God, there is no true satisfaction in work or life.  The verses above hold special meaning for me because they speak to the need for companionship and community with others. As a self-proclaimed recovering control freak, I welcome King Solomon’s warning that isolation leads to emptiness and that it’s futile to attempt to handle everything yourself.

The entire passage Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 puts the verse in context:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

As an entrepreneur for 18 years, I’ve enjoyed the freedom and flexibility that comes with creating a business that supports my lifestyle and family schedule. When I first started the company, my intention was simply to earn a living that would enable me to spend more time with family. But over the past few years, I’ve realized that there is something greater flourishing in my work.  The purpose of my business is to serve others and in order to succeed I must collaborate and cooperate more with others. I need to shift from independence to interdependence. I must abandon the role of sole-proprietor and assume the roles of leader and partner. Together, we’ll create something better, stronger and more purposeful than I could ever accomplish on my own.

In my personal life, I intend to rely on the wisdom of King Solomon to strengthen and fortify our family unit. My children are entering the tween and teen years, defined by separation and independence. My husband and I are committed to preserving the “three corded strand” that binds our family together. We’ll come to this verse throughout the year to remind us of the importance of spending time together, praying together and creating a foundation in which our children always feel connected and loved.

I will also apply this verse to my relationships with friends, my husband and other family members. Over the past several years, I’ve deliberately chosen to scale back on social activities in order to make room for the things that are most important to me – faith and family. I’m realizing now that it’s time to ensure that my most treasured relationships take a more prominent role in my life. These friendships are vital to my physical, spiritual and emotional nourishment. Funny how we come full circle with each new season of life, isn’t it?

Word of the Year 2013: Unity  

With Ecclesiastes as my guide, I chose the word “UNITY” as my focus word for 2013. It captures my desire to be one with God and to grow my business in a way that brings together talented and creative Christian women who have a desire to share their gifts and serve others. Unity speaks to my goal of preserving our family bond and nurturing my marriage, friendships and significant relationships. And it reminds me to step back as the sole leader when necessary and welcome the support and collaboration of others in my personal and professional lives. On a practical level, it will compel me to work toward wholeness in terms of my financial and physical health. I will foster unity in my thoughts and actions so that I create a congruent life, a more meaningful business, greater depth to my relationships and a clearer understanding of my divine purpose. 

Do you have a life verse or scripture verse of the year? Share it with us here and let us know how it guides you in your business or ministry as well as your home! 

 

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