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Last month I stressed the importance of having a few good teammates to “do life” with. Nothing can drive a man down faster than living a life of isolation. Maybe, though, this idea is still foreign to you. Maybe you were taught from a young age that you don’t need anybody else. After all, what is more American than not having to rely on anyone else?

Well, I would challenge that this lone ranger ideal that most guys have is simply not true. Think back on some of the “impossible” things that guys have accomplished: climbing Mount Everest, building a plane, landing on the moon. What do these things all have in common other than the fact that they were downright crazy? The word AND. Tenzing Norgay AND Sir Edmund Hillary. Wilbur AND Orville Wright. Neil Armstrong AND Buzz Aldrin. All of these guys accomplished the impossible not on their own, but with someone else. They all had an “AND guy”.

Are these “real life” examples not enough to convince you? Let’s take a look at the model Jesus used.  What was the first thing that Jesus did as a part of his public minisry? Take a look at Mark 1:16-20:

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said,“and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

The first thing Jesus did was to recruit a core group of men to be his “AND guys”. How about when these men were sent out on their own? Take a look at Mark 6:7:

7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

Jesus gave all of his disciples an “AND guy”. What about when the first churches were being planted? Look through the whole book of Acts. Peter AND John. Barnabas AND Saul. Paul AND Silas.

I hope by now you get what we are trying to stress here. In order to be successful in life, regardless of the aspect, you have to have meaningful and purposeful relationships with other guys.

The challenge this month is simple. Schedule a gathering with the guys in your Sunday School class. There is no scheduled large group men’s gathering for the next few months. Take advantage of this. Remember, this doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just get together. If you need help or ideas for scheduling a gathering, then let me know. Remember, my job is to be a resource for you.

Nick Williamson, IronMan Network Coordinator


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