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November 30th, 2017
A lot of us like to walk alone. There are times when that’s okay. We all need some space once in a while. But ever since we were young it’s been ingrained in most of us to go it alone. We’ve been told that if a man isn’t independent he is weak.
But our God…who is a community of three…designed us to walk with some company. Jesus walked with 12. Still, we tend to ignore our Lord’s example. When we do, the results are predictable. The men who choose to ride solo are separated from the pack and become easy targets for the enemy.
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8)
Are you a lone wolf or do you have at least one friend who is like a watchdog in your life? A friend who would not only stand up for you, but someone you feel safe with? This is one of my Dad’s favorite poems about a friend like that:
"Oh, the comfort—
The inexpressible comfort of feeling
safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words—but pouring them
All right out—just as they are—
Chaff and grain together—
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them—
Keep what is worth keeping—
and with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away." (George Eliot)
Add to those thoughts a friend who’s a close follower of Jesus and you have a treasure beyond measure. Because spending time with a safe and God-loving person will place a positive trajectory on your life.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)
A person who is for you, can spot the blind spots you can’t or don’t want to see and can also see your gifts in ways you do not see in yourself.
"So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend." (Proverbs 27:9)
When we choose to invest in another person, it gives life more meaning…a meaning unknown to the man who walks alone.
“You cannot have meaning in life if you’re not willing to have a means to an end that is not yourself. Those who devote themselves to themselves will ultimately have nothing but themselves to show for themselves.” (Pastor Andy Stanley)
So, if you don’t have a good walking partner what do you do? Ask the expert. Ask the Holy Spirit. Make it your prayer for 30 days and see what our God will do. Then get ready to go on a great walk.