A couple of weeks ago while browsing our church website I noticed a picture of a guy taken from behind that looked a lot like me. When I got home that evening my wife asked me if I had seen my picture on-line. I laughed and told her that I had mistaken the man in the photo for myself as well. I explained to her that if she were to look closely she would notice that he was losing his hair on the crown of his head. My wife gently escorted me to our bathroom. She had me look in our main mirror and held a small one behind me. Turns out “the guy” in the picture is thinning out exactly where I am (Ouch!).

We all have areas in our lives where we simply cannot see reality. To identify these blind spots we need others who can identify them and tell us the kind truth. Through the years I have had close friends confront me as to sinful patterns in my life that I was unaware of. There have also been those who have identified spiritual gifts that I myself did not recognize that I possessed. Without these dear friends it would simply be impossible to ever reach my full potential. The same holds true for you!

God, Himself is relational. He has created us to live in close contact with not only Him, but with other like-minded believers as well. There are times in life when we all need others to pray for us, encourage us, and hold us accountable. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” I would encourage you to evaluate your relationships to ensure that there are people in your life that “Got Your Back!”

Barry Hinkle, Senior Associate Pastor

Barry focuses on guiding and supporting Life Groups and coaching and developing their leaders. He also serves on the Executive Board. (Read More)