We were knee deep in discussion about faith (in God) in my home group yesterday and the question came up about who we could help in shoring up their faith (in God). The usual comments about how we need each other came up (being challenged by others, needing support, and etc). And I blurted out the idea that when we have other people in our lives, they can help to cover us in battle while we are down on the ground bleeding. Those times will come, you know. You WILL be down on the ground bleeding occasionally. It’s just part of life.
Imagine yourself out on the battlefield of life. You’ve trained all your life for this. In your mind, you are strong and brave and ready for a fight. Then, out of nowhere, a strong and huge beast attacks from behind and you are down. You didn’t expect this. Being attacked from behind seems unfair. And, now, you can’t do anything about it. Now imagine, that you are alone. You can’t fight back because you severely injured. The beast has every opportunity to devour you. And he does. Because he can.
This where having friends really comes in handy.
Now re-imagine the same scenario, only this time you have a fellow warrior by your side. The beast attacks and you are down, bleeding on the ground. Your friend takes notice and comes to your aid. Like any good warrior, he/she knows just the right amount of field medicine to stop the bleeding and bandage the wound. Your friend also has his/her weapon. He/she can fight back against the beast and protect you while you recover from your wound. Your friend has your back. The beast can’t have you for lunch, because your friend says, “No!” Your friend can beat back the beast because he/she has a sword and your best interest at heart. This gives you the chance to recover and get back up to fight another day.
So, what does this look like in a practical sense?
- Your fellow warrior/friend is someone you trust because you’ve spent enough time together to really know their character.
- You can call them up at anytime and tell them your struggles.
- They will bring you coffee, or take to Starbucks (or another coffee joint of your choice).
- They will bring you dinner and a movie.
- They will give you the box of tissues if you need it.
- They won’t hate you for being stupid.
- They will encourage you to keep trying, even when it’s hard.
- They will tell you to stop being so silly (or stupid, or dumb, or whatever).
- They will pray for you.
- Can you think of other things your friends do for you?
In short, you need friends. And, so do I. We need each other on our word to a better life. How else will we take that hill?
Go on. Get out there. Find some friends!
So tell me, got any friends that got your back?