by Rick Warren — June 1, 2020
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)
The Bible tells us, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20 NIV).
In fact, to be all that God calls you to be, you need to learn from at least four kinds of people:
Mentors. These are your coaches. I’ve had nine different mentors in my life. No one can teach you everything you need to know. One person will teach you in one area. Another person will teach you about something else.
Role models. These are people who are already doing or have already done what you want to do. Many of the skills you’ve learned in your life, you’ve learned by watching others.
Partners. You need co-workers and colleagues who are in your profession, people to support and challenge you on what God wants to do through your life.
Friends. Friends don’t necessarily help you with your goals. They’re just friends. They love you no matter what you do. You can mess up, and they still love you. A friend walks alongside you when everyone else walks out. That’s when you know who your true friends are.
Trying to live life solo isn’t just lonely. It works against God’s design for us.
Find your people, and make yourself available and vulnerable to them and how God wants to use them in your life.