Helen Keller once said, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
If you ask me, having a friend to walk alongside you is much more enlightening than going at life alone.
Many of our heroes in the Bible succeeded at their mission because someone walked alongside them during a critical or dark season of their life
- Moses had his father-in-law, Jethro. Jethro not only welcomed him into his household but believed in him through the endless nights when Moses was questioning his future.
- Joshua had Moses who for 40 years modeled effective leadership before passing on his baton to the conquering general of Israel’s armies.
- Elisha had Elijah who so inspired the backwoods plow boy that he dared ask for a double portion of his mentor’s spirit.
- Ruth had Naomi. Though she was a broken and flawed mother-in-law, she freely gave of herself, sharing her substance and life with her daughter-in-law, Ruth.
- David had Jonathan, who though next
inlinefor the throne sacrificed his future to nurture and encourage the future king of Judah.
- Esther had Mordecai, who knew when to ask the right questions to bring out the best in his niece.
- Paul had Barnabas who dared offer himself to mentor and guide him when others only feared him.
- John Mark also had uncle Barnabas who risked giving him a second chance to let him discover his mission.
- Timothy, Titus, & Philemon had Paul to walk alongside and grow them as leaders.
- The 12 Apostles had Jesus to walk alongside them for 3 1/2 years and literally pour himself out for them.
What would have become of these leaders without a mentor, guide, or coach?
Fortunately, we don’t have to wonder because those men and women did have someone to walk alongside them when they needed it most. And because of it, others were blessed and impacted by their lives.
How about you?
Do you have someone to walk alongside you to offer encouragement, insightful questions and to invite deeper reflection in your life?
If not, you’re probably not reaching your full potential.
The truth of the matter is this, “The mentors we choose shape the person we are and the leadership we offer.” Walter Wright.
I like what Andy Stanley says in his book, The Next Generation Leader, “You will never maximize your potential in any area without coaching. It is impossible. You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input, you will never be as good as you could be. We all do better when somebody is watching and evaluating.”
Did you hear that? Let’s read it again. “We all do better when somebody is watching and evaluating.”
A famous theologian summed it up well when he said, “No one can walk without a guide”. Augustine.
If you haven’t yet found someone to be your guide, don’t give up the search.
Ask yourself the following questions
- Do I truly see the need?
- Am I open to looking for someone to serve as my guide?
- Who are 2 or 3 people around me that I admire who show maturity in areas I need help?
- Do they demonstrate a genuine interest in the needs of others without showing themselves to be arrogant or self-sufficient?
- When will I pick up the phone to talk with them about this?
It’s good to have someone walking alongside us
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