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Dynamic Duo

Holy skyscrapers Batman; where would you be without Robin?!

Anyone who knows this dynamic duo could easily argue that Batman didn't really need Robin. (sorry Robin) But seriously, Batman could take down villains AND woo the girl with no actual superpowers, and no outside help. All he needed was the Batmobile and his leather tool belt of Bat-gadgets. Still, there was something about that boyish sidekick that was indispensable to Gotham City.

Robin was by far, less impressive in size and popularity. Yet to this day, he's inextricably linked with the legacy of this crime-fighting duo. The world has as much need of Robin, as we do his bulkier headlining counterpart. But why?

When Jesus sent His disciples out to preach and minister to the lost

and needy, He sent them two by two. (Matthew 10:1, Mark 6:7, Luke 10:1)

Let's be real. You may be able to get a thing done on your own. But God knows it can get lonely on the road to success! Accompaniment isn't necessarily a requirement for a task, but it's always an advantage. The value of partnership is immeasurable. 3 benefits come to mind immediately:

  • Heart - Look in a mirror and you still may not see the tissue paper hanging from your back pocket. Ignore it and your friend will take it off, then remind you of why it matters. A partner holds you accountable to the task and the standard. It's not easy to check you, but someone's gotta do it. (Read Proverbs 27:17 and 1 Cor. 15:33)

  • Help - You are not an island unto yourself. We all need that person whose strength balances out our shortcomings. Yes you're fully equipped for the task, but even with all of your equipment, you are but a cog in the full picture of the machine. (Read Exodus 4:14-15 and Eccl. 4:9-10)

  • Harmony - A righteous goal does not dismiss harmony in pursuit of itself. Conflict is inevitable. People, if they're honest, are going to disagree. But throughout the bible, God always sought reconciliation. Jesus was always redeeming, healing, minister ON HIS WAY to someplace else. It was never as much about the destination, and it was about the journey to get there. (Read Rom. 14:19 and 1 Cor. 13:3)

A super-effective way to learn the value of something you don't believe you need, is to experience the opposite (or absence) of it. Still think you don't need anyone to get the job done? Ask Batman if he thought he was doing Robin a favor, and he's likely to just start listing all the things that Robin has done for him.

Some people will never really get why Batman needed Robin; but all that matters, is Batman knew... eventually.

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