One of my guilty pleasures is binge watching Netflix shows with a good stash of snacks (it’s pure haven!😍) A couple of months back, I binged watched all seasons of The Good Place. It was a quite interesting show, and it spoke to Ethics, the afterlife etc. While there were many concepts I naturally didn’t agree with because of my faith, there was something I found remarkable. That was the concept of being created in pairs.
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When the somewhat Good Place was created, humans were brought into the afterlife to be paired with their soulmates. I found that concept interesting. Like no matter how crappy your dating life on earth was, you’d just be reconnected with someone that you’d automatically sync with…it takes the pressure off dating and meeting the ‘one’ 💁🏽♀️
It got me thinking; What if life wasn’t meant to be lived alone? What if we were made in pairs—and I don’t mean only romantic pairs. I mean other people like us, experiencing similar things, who would need us to go through life. This may seem like an already known idea, but in a world where selfishness seems to abound, I think we need this reminder.
Look at Adam who was created alone and God said ‘It’s not good for man to be alone, I will make a helper just right for him (Gen 2:18)’ and so He created Eve—a helpmeet (companion, helper).
I think we are in pairs to help each other.
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. ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT
The crazy thing is that we live in a selfie world that emphasizes on ‘me’ first. So even in relationships, you find people asking ‘What’s in it for me?’ (WIIIFM) We barely think of the other person, except of course they are helping promote our personal goals of being married before 25, or of hitting that big job position, or of getting kids, or of winning that huge contract etc.
Let’s take a look at Noah’s ark- all the animals were brought in in twos. While one may quickly see the procreation reason behind it, I still want to believe it’s that concept of not being alone in this world.
Growing up, I had the opportunity of experiencing livestock farming. Beyond having pairs of animals for the purpose of mating, you’d also realize that when you had just one animal left on your farm, it became a desperate mess. The animal would be so alone and so uncomfortable. Maybe this also explains why you’d see a cat and dog later being friends. Well, I never thought of it that way as a kid—that’s an entirely new realization.
Perhaps, we really were created in pairs. This doesn’t mean you should spend your whole life looking for your perfect romantic soulmate, but rather you should see the next person (your Neighbour) as your buddy on this journey of life.
Seek to help them, encourage them, build them up, pray for them, give them lunch, help them get that deal if it’s in your power to do so, and be there for them. Someday, someone else will do the same for you and it will be life changing.
It’s always my desire that you live victorious lives.