A little help from my friends


I stood outside an airport speaking with some men.  Nothing important, just small talk after the conclusion of a business meeting.

In the distance, I heard the stuttering sound of an airplane.  The sounds clearly indicated that it was having engine problems as it approached the airport.  I looked up and could see that the plane was quickly loosing altitude.  If it crashed, its trajectory would take it very close to where we stood.

The plane struggled to maintain altitude and course.  It did not look good.  I remained transfixed on this disaster taking shape above me.  I don’t recall what happened to my companions; they must have run.

All of sudden, two other planes came out of the blue to fly alongside this struggling plane.  They guided and encouraged the panicking pilot.  Eventually the plane landed safely, and inwardly I cheered.  A disaster was averted!

When I awoke, I realized what had just vividly transpired was just a dream.  Rarely do I recall my dreams when I am awake, so this particular vision made me wonder.

I am no Daniel or Joseph.  I do not have the spiritual gift of interpreting dreams.  However, a clear message did pop into my head, and I thought I would share it with my readers.

We all face struggles and challenges in life.  Some we can handle on our own and should.  Some challenges are so crucial that we can not handle them alone.

We need people in our lives who can walk alongside us to help us through and guide us to a safe place.

This is especially true with men.  We like to portray a macho image and face any challenge head on with determination and independence.  We don’t like to ask for directions.  What we said in defiance as a three-year old, remains true decades later: “I do it myself!”

Many times in life, when faced with challenges, we need the help, encouragement, guidance, and accountability of other men.  We need the perspective and experience that like-minded and mature men bring to our lives.  They will walk alongside and help.  They will share our burdens.

We need each other to survive and succeed in this crazy world. 

This is a timeless concept which I was reminded of through my vivid dream.

Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)

 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!   And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10, 12 (NIV)

We are meant to toil together and not walk these challenging roads alone.

I encourage you to invite other people into your life.  Develop relationships.  Connect at more than a surface level.  With good friends, you will never have to go it alone.

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