I recently finished reading Called to Coach by Bobby Bowden. It is one of the most encouraging books I have read in a while. I honestly could not put it down. He delves into his life of coaching. A life that God called him to. Coach Bowden has countless stories of positive and negative things that happened through his coaching career. One of the most impacting statements he made was, “A great coach always surrounds himself with great assistant coaches!”
Wow! Just think about those words for a moment. In essence, are we only as good as those around us? How can this relate to our relationships in the kingdom?
Can we say..
“A great minister always surrounds himself with great ministers?”
“A great disciple always surrounds himself with great disciples?”
In order for the best to be brought out in us, we have to surround ourselves with the best people. NO, I am not saying that we can’t hang around with those that do not know Christ or have a bad reputation. That is ludicrous, and just plain unbiblical!
What I am saying is this. Those who influence our lives need to be influential. Creative. Biblical. They should have our best interest in mind. They need to be great, not only in kingdom work, but in life.
For instance, to be a great Christ-follower, those closest to need to be great Christ-followers. If our close friends are always negative, immoral, and disobedient. Chances are, we will lean toward these attitudes. BUT, if they are always positive, obedient, and always seek Gods will, then we will be encouraged to do this.
Jesus had all 12 disciples following him. But, in a few instances He took Peter, James, and John to places he did not take the rest. These guys could be counted as Jesus’ circle. Who is in your circle?
HAVE YOU EVER HAD SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU THAT BROUGHT YOU DOWN?
LIFTED YOU UP?