Raising A Standard

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Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. Isaiah 58:12

Nine years ago, at the church I attended in the Washington DC area; we did a church wide fast in January. During that fast, I came across the verse above  in Isaiah. I read it over and over again and pondered it’s meaning. 

I decided that this was more than just another scripture but rather my life verse. I wanted to be remembered as the guy who was “ the repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in.” It emboldened me to lead men’s groups, get to know many men personally and build many male relationships. 

This year, on Ash Wednesday, I was at a noontime service receiving my ashes when one of the clergy doing the sermon used this scripture as her anchor verse. It pierced me in my Spirit! I had lost sight of this verse in my life! How could that be? It started me pondering what happened in my life that made me lose sight of this, made me lose sight of who I wanted to be remembered as. It was the death of my son, a little over three years now, and how I responded to my life afterwards. 

Major life occurrences like a death in the family or that of a close friend, like COVID-19, like a debilitating ailment makes us lose sight of our path. 

It also makes it easier to go off the path. 

What a time for a wingman to come alongside of us and say, “follow me, I know the way.” 

Personally, I could not have made it without my wingmen, my mentors who came alongside of me; sometimes correcting, definitely challenging me, but always loving me  with the love of God. 

The value of having a Wingman is this; I have a friend who I can turn to. Someone who can see my blind spots. Someone I’ll take turns with to cover him as well.

Jesus called the disciples His friends, “…but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15b 

Daily Battle Order:

How do you want to be remembered? What’s the “one thing” in your life? What is your passion? Each one of us need a friend to walk through life with.

Do you have a friend?  Do you have a mentor? Do you have a Wingman who has your back and one whose back you have? Kingdom Man find that friend so you can begin to live in God’s Kingdom and rule in your own. 

Next week learn what the process of sharpening is all about!

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