Christmas Cookies and Girls Lunch 2013 009Do you have a crew? Peeps? People? You know what I’m talking about, a group of friends that you live life with, rely on when the chips are down, and back you up when needed?

We all need people in our lives, even the most introverted among us. When need others to lean on when times get difficult. We need people who will call us out when we’re heading down the wrong path. And we simply need people to laugh with in life.

Many of the girls  who come out of the sex trade only to return again do so because they didn’t let anyone in. They didn’t have people. Most of the programs that have been around for any length of time recognize how critical support people are to recovery. They’ve started building mentors and support groups into their programs. Why does that surprise us when it’s important for all of us in life?

Jesus had a crew. He had the twelve disciples that He spent most of His time with. They weren’t just random people, either. He chose them [Matthew 4:19, 9:9, 10:2, and Mark 1:17]. He spent time with the people He chose and told them things He didn’t tell anyone else [Mark 10:32]. He also had an inner three, His most intimate of friends. They were able to know and see things about Him no one else knew or witnessed [Matthew 17:1. Mark 5:37, 9:2, and 14:33].

The Lord tells us we need people [Genesis 2:18]. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says,

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”

Do you have friends like this? People who you can lean on? People who will go out of their way to help you, even when it’s inconvenient for them [Mark 2:4]?

Take some time today to ask the Lord who He has placed in your life to support you and walk life out with you. If you don’t have anyone like that in your life, you may need to ask the Lord to help you become more open to people. With His help, you’ll discover who you can trust and let in. As the lyrics to the song, Lean On Me, say,

We all need somebody to lean on.”