Brotherhood From A Distance
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.—Hebrews 10:24-25
There could not be a couple of verses in the Bible more applicable than these two verses right now. The isolation and "stay at home" mandate is making us all rethink. It's a country-wide cultural challenge causing a shift in thinking. We are rethinking what is essential and non-essential. We are rethinking what is safe and unsafe behavior. And in a season of social distancing, what is community, and how should I engage?
So how should we respond?
Here is something you can do today to build community during a time of social distancing. Call a brother and ask these questions:
- Is your family healthy?
- How has the present situation affected your work and industry?
- How can I pray for you right now?
I did this over the last week and found it to be life-giving. It brought me closer to a few brothers in a way I was not before. Even though it would have been more enjoyable to sit in front of them over a meal or a drink, it was life-giving in the waiting. And in every situation, I felt better and more hopeful after the call.
So live like a man called to act today—build brotherhood and keep the community alive.
Vince Miller is an author and speaker to men around the world on topics that include manhood, masculinity, fatherhood, mentorship, and leadership. He has authored 18 different books for men and is hosted on major video platforms like RightNow Media and Faithlife TV. He hosts a weekly podcast, writes weekly articles, and provides daily thoughts from God's Word all just for men. He is a 27-year ministry veteran and the founder of Resolute a Men's Ministry Platform that provides bible studies aimed at building better men found at www.beresolute.org. See his latest study Men & Marriage: Overcoming 6 Unspoken Tensions.