Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro once said, “Life would be grand if it weren’t for the people.” Do you ever feel like that? If we just didn’t have to deal with messy relationships, demanding in-laws or unreliable people, we could really set the world on fire!
But that is such backwards thinking. Life is grand BECAUSE of the people. The people who believe in what we do. The people who serve alongside us. The people who love us, no matter what. These are the people who anchor us. They keep us from getting too far off course. They hold us steady when the seas are rough. They give us freedom to explore around the edges.
Where do you find your anchor people? Here are some of the places that I have found mine.
In my audience
My readers are the best. I love and appreciate each and every one of you. Your encouraging words and support for what I do always amaze me. People like Jeanie, BJ, Liz, Kathie, Kim and Liana who open every email, read every post, share my stuff … they are my biggest cheerleaders and the people I go to when I’m planning what to do next.
“Would you be interested in this?”
“Do you struggle with that?”
They are always honest, motivating me to bring my A-game every single time.
Family and Friends
My family and friends are a major support system for me. Of course, my mom reads everything and often comments or shares. Thanks, Mom! My husband and kids are good at giving me the time and space to work, but also good at saying, “Ok! It’s time get off the computer!” (They may not actually say it, but I can tell when they are thinking it!}
My face-to-face friends, and my online friends, Melissa and my ministry partners at Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies … they all keep me grounded in what is truly important. They remind me that all of this is nothing if it is not focused on Jesus.
Trusted Advisors and Partners
One thing you have surely learned if you have even dabbled in online ministry. There is no shortage of people who want to give you advice, and they come in all forms. Some who just want to invade your inbox to sell you products and services, truly generous people who give with no expectations of anything in return, and honestly, people who have no idea what they are talking about and just want to have their own voice heard.
This is one mistake that a lot of people make. They take advice from too many places. That leads to a lot of conflicting input and confusion. It is much better to find a few people that you really connect with, who you can learn from and that will become partners with you in ministry. If there is something you need to know that they can’t help with, go to them for recommendations of others who can. Great partners are well-connected and knowledgeable about the information out there and will guide you to other helpful resources.
If you are still looking for your anchor people, seek out some “Colossians 3 People“. My favorite chapters in the Bible says just about everything we need to know about how to treat each other and the kind of people we should do life with. A few of the best parts:
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another … And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts … Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another … And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
My prayer for the Do A New Thing community is that the message of Christ would dwell among us richly as we teach and admonish (and anchor) one another.
Where have you found your anchor people? And who are they? We want to celebrate them with you!