This Navy Seal picture reminds me of how we need each other. I was going through some of my journaling files and found the following statement:
Accountability without relationships is ineffective at life-changing results. To be moralistic without context always pales compared to the incarnational revelation of the mess of life. It may be good and necessary at times, but indeed bears only behavior modification and not the kind of heart change that real life-on-life connection and effort can bring.
What strikes me is that in my experience as a follower of Jesus that I learn and grow more from the “incarnational revelation of the mess of life” than the simple moralistic, behavioristic pressure many pursue in their Christianity. What works is if I am accountable to people who actually care about me! The danger is when you or I as Christians open our lives up to Christians who really are more about devouring us than championing us. These unsafe people will damage us. (See Ephesians 4).
Being a professional minister is hard sometimes to get these relationships going. You live in a glass house where people know you at one level, but we all need the kind of friends who lock arms. I am also new to my town and this area of the country. So, I am just beginning to build locally safe people who lock arms with me while missing desperately the people I left almost a year ago.
So, what safe people do you have in your life that lock arms with you? If you don’t have them, get going!