I've been thinking a lot lately about our need for people at different stages of the journey of Christ in our lives. Especially our need for those who are a bit further along than we are.
Sometimes we call them mentors. A formal relationship.
But that term scares some.
So they call them friends. A more informal relationship.
I've heard some talk about about them being like spiritual parents.
Whatever term we use, we have ways to describe these relationships because we know they're important. We need people who are a little further along in the journey to be in our lives.
People who will pray for us. Encourage us. Challenge us.
People we can talk to about the hard stuff that's happening in our lives.
People who offer the wisdom and lessons that come from having some more life experience than we do.
At different times in my life I've done better at this than others. And when I look back I can see the difference it makes. I need those people in my life.
I think there's a very good reason why we often talk about the family of God. It describes what we should be. A family is multiple generations living life together. That's what we should be.
No, it doesn't mean we have to do everything together all the time. A family leaves space for doing things with just those whose lives are like ours. But a family also does enough together for all generations to know each other and learn from each other.
In a family, everyone is important, no matter their age of life situation.
That's how the family of God should be too.
Take a moment to reflect on the people from the family of God who are a part of your life. Are they all the same age? Or are there people of multiple life experiences in it?
Who are the people in your life who are a little further along on the journey you can talk to?