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Cohorts

on March 21, 2022

The definition of a cohort is a supporter or companion. I hope you have a cohort or several cohorts in your life. In turn, I hope someone considers you their cohort.

Where I worked at my most recent job before I resigned my coworker and I dubbed each other “cohort in crime.” Not that we were doing anything illegal in any way, it was just a fun way to refer to one another.

I can’t even begin to tell you what a beautiful person inside and out she is because words can’t explain the depth of love she brings to the world.

She’s a giver. She doesn’t have to tell you she’s a giver, you just know because she’s always giving someone, something. Her time, talents, love, laughter, chores, and the list goes on and on. Not only is she a giver. She’s got some really awesome wisdom to share.

Today she stopped over to meet Moose and to give me my birthday gifts. She even brought Moose a new little lamb-y. So sweet, right?

You have to be super careful with these type givers in that you don’t get so used to their giving, you begin to take advantage of them. That’s something that happens way too often in this world.

But you know what? That won’t stop a true giver. They won’t let the world ruin the way giving makes them feel. They don’t expect anything in return. They simply love the way it makes them feel by the way their giving makes you feel. These people are a treasure.

It’s up to us to take good care of them in return.

Just as there are givers in the world, there are takers. Takers have a way of finagling their way into your life and not adding a single good thing. Oh, they put on a good show and they have a thousand excuses as to why they need things and if you’re happy to give them, they will suck you dry. Mostly they’ll tell you it’s because the world has done them wrong. The takers are never at fault.

I think it’s safe to say at one point or another we’ve all been givers and takers. Anytime you want something that you know doesn’t belong to you and you make and execute a plan to get it, you’re a taker.

A perfect example of this is adultery. Hmmm. What’s that persnickety commandment God gave us that we think is outdated and clearly He didn’t mean it when He said it?

“You shall not commit adultery.” – Exodus 20:14 (NIV)

Basically it’s when you take someone else’s spouse for your own gain. No matter how you try to justify it, it’s adultery. Trust me, I tried justifying this sin in my life over and over when I wanted what I wanted. It was always a sin. It was always bad for me. Why on earth do we ever go after someone else’s spouse?

I know my reasons. None of them were ever worth what eventually was destroyed.

There was a song back in the day where the lyrics said:

“Oh it’s sad to belong to someone else, when the right one comes along.” It was sung by England Dan & John Ford Coley. I loved that song. I sang that song over and over and it popped in my brain as I was typing this up. I didn’t plan it.

Do you think if something is said enough you begin to believe it? I do. This song while considered a love song, pretty much says how awful it is to be with someone when suddenly the right one comes along.

Further in the song it says:

“… Oh, I wake up in the night
And I reach beside me hoping you would be there
But instead I find someone
Who believed in me when I said, “I’d always care””

Talk about a punch in the gut to the person he’s currently with. But, wait, it gets better. Let’s look at one more stanza:

“… So I’ll live my life in a dream world
For the rest of my days
Just you and me walkin’ hand in hand
In a wishful memory
Oh, I guess it’s all that it will ever be”

Awesome, right? How much do you think he’s going to invest in his current relationship with his head in an imaginary world over one that will never be?

The fact of the matter is adultery is in our face and accepted in all kinds of tv shows, movies, and songs. Therefore, because, everyone else is doing it, it must be ok.

Friends, there’s a reason why God put the commandments into place. It’s out of love and for our good. But, just like Adam and Eve, we want more. So we take the forbidden fruit.

It’s why when Jesus came along He added another commandment:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:34 (NIV)

Love one another. This is not love the feeling that wears out like the lyrics from that song.. This is love the action. Love in action will never take what doesn’t belong to them. Love in action is all about giving.

So you see, when I said if you have a true giver in your life, you should treasure them. Because they’re doing God’s work. And it doesn’t get any better than that.


One response to “Cohorts

  1. Patty Pierce says:

    Wow…the twists and turns your blog post took today!!! 40 Days of Lent is truly for me 40 Days of Learning…

    On Mon, Mar 21, 2022, 3:54 PM Blessed to be Broken wrote:

    > Trish Cordell posted: ” The definition of a cohort is a supporter or > companion. I hope you have a cohort or several cohorts in your life. In > turn, I hope someone considers you their cohort. Where I worked at my most > recent job before I resigned my coworker and I dubbed each” >

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