We've all been given this need...and this power.
We can speak the positive word or lead by good example and be the influencer who drives another to greatness, or we can be the weight that limits someone's success. By the same token, we should be mindful of the voices speaking into our own lives. Are we surrounded with people who are helping us reach our full potential, or do we need to cut off some relationships that are hindering our growth?
When I take inventory, my list looks like this:
For spiritual growth, I fellowship with a great body of believers. I have my church family and my husband who share my faith, speak life into my world, inspire me, and keep me accountable.
For my family life, I have close friends who offer advice, share wisdom, give me an objective perspective, and love my family.
For writing purposes, I belong to several writers' groups through which I receive instruction about the craft, cheer-leading over my successes, and motivation to keep pursuing my goals
Just as a boat with many rowers navigates turbulent waters much more efficiently than one with a single paddler, so we navigate the course of life much better with a team of support. We were made to need one another. Adam had his Eve. The disciples were commissioned to explore their ministries two-by-two. The quarterback requires a receiver...and a lineman... a team. It's been said, "It takes a village to raise a child." I agree. It takes a community to shape us into the individuals we were meant to become, and much of that community we can control.
Tip/Tidbit: List your goals, your dreams, and your desires. Who encourages you to that end? Who holds you back? As you evaluate your world, also consider whose life you are influencing. Are you helping someone else achieve by setting your own standard of excellence, or are you crippling someone by failing to offer encouragement or by being a weak example? This week, latch on to someone who will prompt you to grow, and offer your best self to others who may be drawing strength from you.