Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed - Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT
I have been working out for over two decades and I have found that my best workouts have always involved a workout partner. Having a workout partner is beneficial because they can motivate you to push past your limits by serving as a spotter and a source of motivation. In addition, I have found that I was always able to set new personal records in the way of lifting higher weight or doing increased reps because of the presence of my workout partner who provided encouragement. The beautiful thing is that I am able to reciprocate when it's my workout partner's turn to lift.
Men, we are meant to live in community and help each other in our journey while we are here on earth. The interest of others should also be our interest as well. If we turn a blind eye to others in need, we ultimately harm ourselves as well. Imagine with me, if you will, 2 guys working out and one is settling under the weights on the bench press getting ready to attempt a new personal record. He is counting on his partner to provide a spot in case he struggles, or better yet, provide encourage and motivation during the attempt. As he begins the lift, his workout partner walks away, leaving him alone. Most of us couldn't imagine doing this, but we unknowingly do this with people in our circle of influence on occasion.
I experienced firsthand what the scripture in Ecclesiastes in talking about on yesterday. I had a meeting with a member of our church on yesterday. I initially went in with no expectations other than catching up and congratulating him on his new position. Boy, was I in for a surprise! After the meeting, I left feeling better for having spent time with him. That's the effect we should have on each other as men. Like this meeting that I had yesterday, a few things have to occur in order for us to experience this phenomenon: 1) You need to be transparent and open with each other (this is non negotiable), 2) You have to explore ways to benefit each other without having a hidden agenda, and 3)There should always be at least one thing that you can take away from each other that you can implement immediately. Doing these things on a consistent basis when you interact with other men will increase the chances of success and create an environment where men can thrive.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.