Are You a Cord Cutter?

There once was a man who had seven sons.  The sons fought, quarreled, and argued all the time.

One day the father cut seven sticks which were about ½” wide and bound them with a strong piece of cord.

He called his sons together and asked each individually to try to break the bundle.  Each son was unsuccessful.

He then cut the piece of cord that was wrapped around the bundle and handed each son one of the sticks.  He asked them to break the sticks on their legs.  With just a little effort, each son succeeded.

“Boys, when you learn to work together in a spirit of harmony, you’ll be as strong as that bundle of sticks.  No one will be able to defeat you.  But if you continue to fight each other, you’ll be no stronger than each of these individual sticks.”

I love the message of this story!  The lesson can be used with our families, in our marriages, with the employees of a company, and quite frankly, with our nation. 

In essence, you have a daily decision to make.  You can either cut the cord and lose, or choose to be a cord binder and win.

Solomon has been credited as being the wisest man who ever lived.  In Ecclesiastes 4:12, he says,

“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.”  (New Living Translation 2007)

It is my observation that there are two types of people in this world—those who are binders, and those who walk around with a knife in their hand cutting cords.

Which one are you?  It’s always a choice.

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