As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset Exodus 17:11-12 NIV
As you probably know if you've read this blog on a consistent basis, I love movies and some of the positive messages that are contained within them. I will often make a reference to a movie and a particular scene that resonated with me. However, there are times that I have a problem with the industry and the messages that they communicate. One of these messages revolve around the myth that successful men are "self made." Nothing could be further from the truth. Malcolm Gladwell (a good author) takes issue with America's myth of the self made man in his book, The Outliers. In his book, Gladwell performed detailed research on a number of successful people, among them Bill Gates and the Beatles along with other successful artists and professional athletes. What he found was that in every instance, each had someone in their life that contributed to their success. To go a step further, many of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the US that were a subject of a report by the Boston based non profit group, United For a Fair Economy, stated that there is no such thing as a "self made man." This is not to discount the notion that a person through ingenuity, hard work and creativity cannot change their circumstances or their station in life. That is indeed true, but even that individual will need help from others.
I have fallen victim to this myth myself. I have stated on more than one occasion that I was terrified to start this resource. I thought of a number of reasons not to do it. My problem in starting it centered around the fact that I felt like I was going to be in this endeavor by myself. Nothing could be further from the truth! Once the Power of One Man got started, the encouragement and assistance that I have received has been nothing short of amazing. People have provided suggestions on ways to make it better (keep them coming), they have promoted it by sharing with others and have volunteered and committed in various ways to take it to another level. I am so appreciative to all of you! This support that I have received is an example of the power that we can generate by utilizing a cooperative effort. Can you imagine the impact that we would have on our communities if we were to do this on a consistent basis? We all need the help and support of each other to accomplish our work here on earth. But in order to receive the help, we need to put aside our pride and ego and be open to accepting the help. If Moses needed help from Aaron and Hur, how can we be any different? Lets get started on changing our communities by assisting each other. It starts now.
PLAN OF ACTION: PRAY THAT GOD DIRECTS YOU TO SOMEONE THAT MAY NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE TODAY AND BEGAN THE PROCESS OF BEING A RESOURCE. YOU WILL NOT ONLY CHANGE THEM, YOU CAN ALSO CHANGE YOURSELF.
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.