from Shane's Muslim Connect
Got any fun New Year’s resolutions, goal, dreams? I’m hoping to build a small cadre of like-minded people who will challenge me to be the best person I can be and do the best work possible.
It’s important, isn’t it, to have people who have your back? In all of life, for sure. And maybe particularly when you’re swimming upstream and trying to love and connect with Muslims.
My friend Martin heads up a cool organization called Peace Catalyst that helps people become agents of peace in their neighborhoods and the world. They recently released a series of very short videos and simple prompts to get going in peacemaking.
The second entry, “Lean Into Those Who've Got Your Back,” really resonated with me:
Peacebuilding is all about relationships, so an important practice is to recognize and celebrate those who care for us, encourage us, and challenge us. Here are a couple questions to help figure out who those people are for you:
• Who’s in your support system that you can turn to when things get hard?
• Who isn’t but could be?
• What other sources of support could you look to?
I wonder about this for you. Do you have someone eager and watching to give you a high five, a quick prayer, an “atta girl/boy?” We all need that.
I’m down to be your “at a distance” cheerleader. Shoot me a message, sharing about an effort you’ve made, and I’ll tell you you’re a rock star!
Let’s also pray for each other and the many people God has rallied to extend his love and care to Muslims all over.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)