Oh it is so cliche. Especially in the church world. ESPECIALLY in the men’s ministry world of church world.
But it is so true.
I snuck into the back of our middle school large group at Cross Pointe a couple weeks ago. We had completed our large group over in cpkidz and I wanted to check out things in anticipation to my oldest daughter who will be moving up to middle school in a few weeks.
Josh Frazier, our middle school student pastor, was talking to the middle schoolers at the time. From what I briefly heard, he was talking about surrounding yourself with other folks who aren’t afraid to hold you accountable, but that also build into your life and help you grow in Christ.
At least that is what I took from it.
And it is been nagging me since. I’ll admit, I dropped out of consistent teaching of the word. I have no one to blame but myself, but I think I have corrected the problem and am re-establishing my time in the word with God.
My family needs to see me thumbing through scripture. They need to see me wrestling with applying the truth that is in the Word of God to my life.
My prayer life has improved… and it needed to improve.
God keeps reminding me over these last couple weeks that I need those guys in my life who are pillars for my weak foundation. I need to strengthen the supports.
I thought about bidding this project out, but I’m not entirely sure what that looks like in my life right now. Back before I was married, and even earlier in my marriage, I had a core group of guys who had each other’s backs in the trenches. At times through the years, several of us have assessed the battlefield and tiptoed around the mines, but we eventually went our own ways and lost connection with each other. (which is sad, because in today’s world of quick and easy communication… we could have/should have done a better job of staying connected)
But I think God is calling me to establish that group like Josh has. Not sure if that is in person or online. I just know that I need it.
Praying for direction. I think God already knows who those guys are. If you’re one of them, I’m praying for you too even though I don’t know it yet.