Build Your Network

The Lord said to Elijah, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael  king over Aram …  Jehu king over Israel, and Elisha  to succeed you as prophet. 1 Kings 19:15-16

One clear instruction from God to Elijah is this: “You’re running solo; Build your network.” As it appeared, Elijah was doing the work of 3 people; just running all over the place. In clear terms, God told Elijah 3 connections he needed to make.

Friend, you need people in your life. Life is too complex to be lived alone.

We started out in life fully dependent on others to survive and live. As we grow up and develop especially as we move into our teenage years, we become independent and we take great pride in that. But soon we discover that we cannot do it all alone; that all of life is interconnected.

Stephen Covey noted: “As we continue to grow and mature, we become increasingly aware that all of nature is interdependent, that there is an ecological system that governs nature, including society.”

Friend, the earlier you start connecting and networking the better. Someone said your network determines your net worth. Ultimately, you’ll realize that the quality of your relationship determines the quality of your life. They say show me your friends and I can tell what kind of person you are.

If life is a play field, 3 kinds of people to include in your network: Teammates, Coaches and Referees.

Teammates are your friends. You need people to play with. They make you shine. They bring out the best in you. They amplify your little effort. They make life enjoyable. They are people with similar goal. They are going in the same direction as you. They’re facing the same challenges as you and so can be an encouragement to you. Look for them.

Coaches are your mentors. They are your teachers. They make you smarter. They’ve been through what you’re going through and so can guide you along the way. They help you get to where you want to go quicker. They help you achieve your goal. You need regular interaction with them. It could be by physical contact or virtual. It could even be by their podcasts or books. They inspire and motivate you.

Referee calls you to order. They help you to play fair. They call you out when you do wrong. They are courageous enough to tell it as it is. You need people like that in your life. People who can look you in the eye and say that is wrong. People who are not intimidated by your status or achievements. Do you have such? Parents fall in this category. They don’t hate you. Rather, they love you too much to leave you as you are.

Friend look out for these and bring them into your life. They spice things up for us in a very difficult world.