We were made to live in community with others. God’s statement in Genesis 2:18 in the Bible shortly after creating Adam confirms this – “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” This is when God created Eve and instituted marriage. But it wasn’t just about beginning husband/wife relationships. It was about the mutual support that we all need. Even God exists in a community – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The “trinity” is a mysterious topic that I won’t dive into here, but we see the emphasis all throughout Scripture.

However, it’s very easy in our world today to live as “lone rangers.” We are taught about people who are “self-made” and we revere their accomplishments. But the truth is that no one truly accomplishes anything great on their own. Yes, an individual can do some amazing things by themselves, but to be truly great, others are needed.

I’ve recently noticed in my own life how important a support network is in order to achieve desired results. The process of writing and publishing my first book was done within a community of support, encouragement, and accountability. I’m in a business mastermind group where we help one another think through challenges and opportunities. I’ve joined an online community that is focused on becoming physically healthier. And then there’s my church where my family is supported and cared for.

Isolation is not healthy for anyone. Unfortunately, we are hearing more and more stories of highly successful people taking their own lives. Many are battling mental illnesses alone. They begin to feel worthless. They can’t overcome the emotional distress on their own, but because of the cultural stigma of admitting that they are depressed or hurting, they stay quiet. The enemy of our souls wants to isolate us. Much like a predator in the wild looks for isolated prey, the enemy looks for isolated people to attack.

I don’t know your situation. I don’t know if you have a support network in place for your life, business, or ministry. If you don’t, please get one. Ask even one person to come alongside you to hold you up in prayer and support you however you need. If you have a community of support, become more intentional with them. Be ruthlessly honest about your joys and struggles.

You were not created to do life alone. You need at least one trusted person in your life to lean on. I suggest inviting at least 2 or 3 people into your life. It will be mutually beneficial even to those who don’t know they need it at the moment.

Make today GREAT!

P.S. If you’ve not picked up a copy of The Way To Greatness, you can get your copy + digital companion workbook HERE. Working through the action steps of “Choice #2 – Protect Your Relationships” can be extremely helpful in building a high-quality support network.