We all know of people that we shouldn’t have in our life. They can be a bad influence or a temptation. Are you also aware of the people you should have in your life? Proverbs 13:20 says “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
We can never be the person God wants us to be on our own. God did not create man to live life alone. We need others interacting in our life to help us reach the potential He has for us. Here are some of the types of people we all need in our lives.
Mentors. We all need someone to coach us at different times and in different stages of life. No one person can teach us everything we need to know. We need a godly pastor, Sunday school teacher, mature Christian friend and a favorite author or radio program. Paul had Barnabas and Silas to help him grow and mature. They could look into Paul’s life and see where Paul needed help or advice and provide it. Paul did the same for Timothy, Titus and others.
Role models. We need examples of those who are living through circumstances that we are going through. Luke was a great role model for Paul. He was older and more mature and provided examples of what Paul needed to be and do. We can find role models in our church or among our Christian friends. Reading Christian biographies and listening to the testimonies of others also helps us grow in our spiritual lives.
Partners. No one goes through life alone. We need a mate, friend or others that are going through what we are going through as we are going through it and can share with us. We need someone that will understand when we share our burdens. Paul had Silas as a partner to share life with. We all need someone we can be our real, true selves with, someone with whom we can honestly share our joys and sorrows, victories and defeats.
Friends. Partners, role models and mentors can be friends. But others can be friends as well. A friend isn’t necessarily someone to give advice or training. They are people who help us enjoy life. They provide companionship and fellowship as we navigate through life day to day. They are someone faithful and loyal who can always be there. Priscilla and Aquilla were friends to Paul. So was Mark. He enjoyed and needed their companionship.
Do you have these people in your life? Are you filling these roles in the lives of others? Look for people you can mentor, be an example for, partner with, or become friends with. We each need those people those people in our lives and we need to fill those roles and others wise.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Who have been your mentors, role models, partners and friends through life? Thank God for them.
Who has He put into your life to mentor, be a role model to, partner with or be a friend to? Pray for them and reach out to them in the next day or two.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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