Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18
Because the partner God made for Adam was a female named Eve who later bore Adam’s children, we commonly attribute this verse to marriage. However, it is reasonable to assume that God isn’t just talking about marriage relationships when he says, “It is not good that the man should be alone.” When coupled with other nearby comments by God, comments such as, “Let us make man in our image,” it becomes apparent that there is a much broader community being spoken of than marriage alone.
God made us in His image, and in that fact alone every human life intrinsically has value. Each random person behind every call one receives today, everyone in line at Subway for lunch, those sitting around you at the red light . . . every life is made to reflect a level of “Godness,” like a mirror reflects an image. Because God made them, they matter, whether they know it or not.
And since God lives in a Trinitarian state, He is constantly in community since before the beginning of time—Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Hence, for us to truly “mirror” God, we must daily live in community. We must serve others, and love others, and work with others, and communicate with others. This is why even hermits, off alone in the mountains, have dogs that they hum to and talk to and foist human qualities upon: all of us have this innate, insatiable desire for community; no matter how many times we are hurt by others, this need persists.
So today, embrace community. Love someone near you, if for no other reason than the most important one: they belong to God. Be a steward God’s creation by caring for other human beings. And furthermore, in engaging in community—in not “being alone”—you do one of the primal functions you were cosmically fitted for. You reside squarely in your wheelhouse. You live out purpose. And in that, you will taste some measure of fulfillment.
Enhance a life near you today, and, in doing so, you will enhance your own as well—it is, after all, what we were created to do.