If we are to endure in living and leading well, we need to have three groups of people in our lives: those who build us, those who inspire us and those who need us.
When these three groups of people are around us, we will continually receive support, encouragement and be connected to the needs of others.
YOUR PLACE IN THE WALL
The best way to illustrate this is with the analogy of a brick wall. A brick in the middle of a wall has bricks under it, beside it and above it, all connected by mortar. This makes the brick both strong and secure. Strength is gained by the supporting cast of bricks surrounding it.
We, like this one brick IN the wall, need to surround ourselves with people who are supporting us, running with us and drawing strength from us.
THREE GROUPS EXPLAINED
1. Bricks Below (Mentors) – These bricks explain those who make up the wall under us. They provide foundation, support and strength.
Mentors, spiritual fathers and mothers, pastors and/or life coaches fit into this category.
These people are life givers and encourages. They believe in and pray for us. They see our calling and call out our anointing. They hold us accountable and provide personal development and direction by their wisdom and life experience. They coach, inspire and correct in a spirit of truth and love.
Bible Character: Jethro and Moses (Exodus 18)
2. Bricks Beside (Peers) – This group consists of people who are running with us in our unique calling, career and/or life goals. They are peers, teammates, friends and comrades who are moving toward a common goal.
As a Pastor, I connect with other Pastors. We learn from and inspire one another. I need people who are running in the same race I am, who serve in the trenches like I do.
Connect with those who are running in the same direction you are. Link shields and draw life from one another.
Biblical Characters: The Apostles (Book of Acts)
3. Bricks Above (Others) – This group consists of people to whom we are serving and adding value to. We are supporting, teaching, developing and pouring into others while we serve them. We build up and disciple.
Life is meaningless until it’s given away. We give away our life by serving people. Saved people serve people.
Find people to serve and pour into. Do it joyfully as unto the Lord.
Bible Characters: Paul and Timothy (1 and 2 Timothy)
Some people believe that the only three people they need in their lives are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though this is vital it’s not complete.
The truth is, God’s uses people to form and shape us. They carry His voice and intentions. In many ways God uses people to strengthen, grow and develop us into the image of Jesus.
You need all three groups in your life.
- Do you have people who are mentoring, supporting and coaching you?
- Do you have peers who are encouraging and inspiring you?
- Do you have people who you are building and pouring in to?
If you don’t have all three of them then pray and be intentional about pursuing them. Take someone out to lunch or invite them over your house for dinner.
Your growth and reaching your full potential in God depends on it.
Question: Out of the three groups of people mentioned in the post, what group of people do you think you need more of?