Monday, July 13, 2009

Ally Support

The mission is set. The territory is marked out. You know where you want to go and have specific target to reach. And temptation to charge ahead has just jumped.

But wait—have you gathered you allies?

After all, it is much easier to take one instead of two or three or five. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” (Ecc. 4:12a) This is why Moses had Joshua; and Paul worked alongside Barnabas, Timothy, Silas, and Titus.

So find one or two people to watch your back, to work alongside with you and to keep accountable. Have them ask the hard question: Why are you doing this? How is this affecting you?

Invite them to aid you during different parts of the mission. For example, go to that R-rated movie together or use them as a sounding-board.

And perhaps most of all, use them for an outside perspective, so they can warm you of danger you might be headed for. It will be much easier for another to spot problems of desensitization, shifts in attitudes, and the surfacing of bad habits such as language or crude humor.

But when you are surrounded by allies, you will have a back-up team to help you on your way.

1 comment:

Brandon said...

Great advice Chawna!!! I like this post a lot.