“Though one man may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
I have read this verse many times, but it took a long time for me to connect to how impactful that truth has been in my life. I am a card-carrying member of the “I Can Do It On My Own Club”- regardless of what “it” represents in my life. The older I get, the more often I reflect and realize how much my life has been marked and strengthened by the personal relationships God has put in my path. God has brought an amazing community of close friends and family around my wife Caryn and me as we are raising our four children. He has also brought faithful men around me in my business to shape and mold me and help me grow in my relationship with Him, and God has brought servant leaders and players around me as a coach that continually point me to the Lord.
Our oldest and only son Jack is getting married soon. A few months ago, I started to make a list of all the life lessons I wanted to make sure he had learned, as well as lessons I felt I (on my own) had left undone. I asked myself, “Did I do enough?” The Lord was faithful to remind me that it wasn’t about what I had done, but what He has done, and showed me that we have never been parenting our kids “on our own.”
God tells us that alone we may be overpowered, as a couple we have a fighting chance, but when we invite others into the fight it forms a link to Christ that is hard to break. As I look back, I feel humbled to see all of the people God has placed in our lives at just the right time to come alongside Caryn and me to play an important role in the life of our kids. Our kids had grandparents, extended family and a close community of our friends caring for them and praying for each of them even before they were born. As they have grown older, each of our kids has a story filled with teachers, administrators, coaches, friends and a community of faithful families that invested in them and came alongside us to help guide and point our kids to the Lord. I look back and see how God has weaved His truth into the lives of our children through so many people and pray that it remains an unbreakable cord as they leave our home to take on college, careers, marriage and family of their own.
This is God’s plan for each of us through the Body of Christ. Our family has been richly blessed to see that plan in action through the TCA community over the last eighteen years. We are so grateful.
Truman Blocker and his wife Caryn have been married 27 years and have four kids, Jack ’17, Kate ’19, Ellie (11th) and Annie (7th). Truman is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Co-Founder of Spectrum Strategies, LLC and Senior Partner with Spectrum Wealth Advisors. He has also served as the varsity girls soccer coach at TCA for several years.