It Takes a Tribe
In the events life presents, there can be moments where we struggle, moments where we aren’t sure which path to take when a fork in the road appears. Sometimes both roads look good, sometimes the pros and cons of each path align and the decision goes from tough to almost impossible on which to take. It’s in moments like this where our community comes in handy, moments like this where the people who surround us become key to these decisions.
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” [Proverbs 15:22] NIV
Whether it be friends, family, mentors, etc., it’s in the people who support us that help us become who we are today. With every fork in the road, we have loved ones who can help us stay along the right path and make wise decisions.
God provides us with a tribe that will support us in the best way possible. From people who we can laugh with about anything, to those who provide a shoulder to cry on during hard times, we know who we can lean on. God knows who to send when we need a friend. We can recognize the importance of community even in His Word:
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” [Proverbs 27:17] NIV
It is in the people we’re surrounded by that we can grow to be the best versions of ourselves, and that goes both ways. So as others are there for us, it’s also crucial to understand the impact we can have on others’ lives. Consider how many people in our lives may value our friendship, maybe even more than we recognize.
It’s also important to observe the effect others have on us. There are just some people we need to keep our distance from. Not everyone has your best intentions in mind, and it can be easy for us to fall in with the wrong crowd and head down a negative path. Your inner circle, your tribe, should be individuals who care about your wellbeing and encourage you to grow.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” [Proverbs 13:20] NIV
Some people are placed in your life for a season, and others for a lifetime. God knows what He is doing. It’s all in His great plan.