As Iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Life gets heavy at times; people experience illness, job loss, relationships fragmenting, destructive habits, financial hardship, its one thing or another. Life get’s heavier when you do it alone. From leadership pressure, surviving pressure, family pressure, influence pressure, we carry a lot of burdens and I have learned that men carry them way better when they do life with a group of other men.
Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 paints this picture of doing life alone or doing it in a group of two or more. In the passage it says “There was a man all alone, He had neither son nor brother, there was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. For whom am I toiling he asked and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment, this too is meaningless, a miserable business. Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor, if either of them falls down one can help the other up, but pity the one who falls and has no one to help them up, also if two lie down together they will keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone, the one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands cannot be quickly broken.”
Do you have functional friendship? That’s the picture of Ecclesiastes.
It may be awkward at first letting someone into your business. You have to get naked a little with what’s going on in your life. But you’ll soon find that there’s others who can relate. God intended Christians to be in a body, not only with Him but with brothers in the Lord. Ask God to bring you at least one trusted male friend.
Father, I ask you to bring a trusted friend into my life?