Commit to Camaraderie

Gentlemen, we have a problem.

Sometimes, I get anxious and it's the type of anxiety that many veterans feel and associate with things like PTS. The anxiety typically hits me when I am working a lot and isolated and I figured out the cause a while ago.

I need camaraderie. I was in the army as both an officer and an enlisted soldier for over sixteen years. The entire time I was serving, I was at war. Not once did I feel the type of anxiety that I feel now that I am out. I believe it's because I had a fellowship of brothers, and I don't use that term lightly because we were that close.

If I was experiencing hardship, loss, trauma, whatever......I had someone that I could go to that would not judge me. We did not have time for that. Yeah there was a certain amount of ribbing that would accompany talking about my stuff, but underneath it all, there was genuine care and concern. I knew they had my back.

Why don't we have that within the church. Maybe there are some of you who do, but from the feedback I get from you guys, there are a lot who don't. We are too busy, and its really easy to isolate and offer excuses as to why we are not investing in those types of relationships. They take commitment.

Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NLT)

If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

When I am isolated, my anxiety kicks in because I know I am vulnerable to attack and there is not much I can do about it. Without a brother to support me, I often don't see that attack coming and by the time it hits, I am already on my butt.

We need each other men. Now more than ever. Imagine a church full of warriors who support each other no matter what. Imagine the unified front that would create against the enemy that wants to kill, steal, and destroy us and our families.

Don't go it alone. Commit to camaraderie. Cover your brother six.


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