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Divine Partnerships

This month, let’s explore the value of divine partnerships. Whether for a short-term project, long-term assignment or life’s journey, they are critical to our personal development and successful outcome in life. Countless times I have been told that no man is an Island. That is such a valid statement. We all are interdependent in many ways. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV) Godly partnerships play a significant role in our lives. Some for a season, others for a reason and few for a lifetime. The world is too big to be conquered alone.

I challenged myself to go to the next level in giving the best of myself at all times. Sometimes I think many are guilty of “winging” a given assignment. Winging it is going through the natural motions of getting things done, but, it is absent of the best you have to offer. I have learned some valuable lessons in life from my wife, Caterina.  She, at many times, inspires me to become better. This inspiration has made me want to become phenomenal.

I’m often reminded that to fulfill our purpose in life requires giving our best at all times. In fact, it cheapens a valuable gift given to us by God when we do anything less. Let’s take a look at examples in scripture to avoid making similar mistakes.  Let’s examine the life of Esau. Esau didn’t value his birthright.  He sold it for a temporary satisfaction of porridge and was more interested in his stomach than in fulfilling his destiny as a firstborn son.  Had he understood the importance of his birth order, maybe he would have had a different attitude.

A lackadaisical attitude can cause one to run shipwreck.  Position make all the difference for a win.  Our approach can determine our altitude.  A great leader set the pace towards success for those who follow.  In this case, it was Esau who was positioned to influence his younger brother Jacob.  He despised his birthright and abdicated the responsibility to help Jacob to become exceptional.  The making for great synergy for a fantastic life ended up as a lost opportunity.

Divine partnerships are about giving your best for the betterment of others.  We must develop partnerships with those we can trust to assist us in making a more significant difference in life.  It’s about creating a combined effort to empower each other to go the distance.  Divine partnerships are about reaching your full potential and enabling others to soar to heights they couldn’t reach alone.

Partnerships are designed to sharpen you. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17

Do you find yourself settling or doing just enough to get by?  Without accountability, we can get lost in a vacuum of lethargy and stagnation.  Genuine friends can assist you in stepping up your game!  They can champion you in becoming your best!  Real friends aren’t afraid to tell you the painful truth.  “Faithful are the wounds of a friend they are better than the kisses of an enemy.”

I have been fortunate to have a few faithful friends. They are my rock. I am also blessed to have a crown jewel of friendship, my wife, Caterina.  She epitomizes the model helpmeet.  I couldn’t have prayed for a better partner. Choose all of your partnerships wisely.

When seeking divine connections one must first pray and ask Abba for perfect relationships.  Not perfect meaning without flaws, but meaningful divine friendships with those genuinely interested in supporting your win and fulfilling your Kingdom assignment. I’ve learned to acknowledge that God is the best source for crafting ideal relationships.  Accurate partnerships are the fruit of having a right relationship with Him.  He is the author and finisher of our journey.

I hope that you align yourself with great people so that you can secure a positive and fruitful outcome in life.