Brotherhood Through Christ – Jax Beebe
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The law of averages is the theory that the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes. Why is this important to understand? Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously gave the phrase, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” based on the law of averages.
Boom, mic drop.
I want each of you to digest this statement and tell me if it’s not true. Think of all of your friends, family members, artists you listen to, coaches, and teammates; see if you can’t pick out little pieces of them you see in your life. When it comes to relationships, all of those people I mentioned, affect our lives whether we see it or not. While we want to surround ourselves with like-minded, Christ-centered men who push us to grow closer to God, that is not always the case. Throughout life, I’ve found myself with the wrong crowd of negative influences and people who do not share the same values as me. You most likely will too, but I want you to always remember that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. There is nothing like the brotherhood and relationships that Christ gives to us.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
This is why camp is such an amazing place. I cannot stress enough the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded boys and men who are striving for adventure, discipleship, good memories and fellowship. The Lord provides this at Camp Ridgecrest whether you are worshiping with the lights off in chapel during staff week, gaining wisdom and advice from counselors at final fire, or sitting at the top of TBI at the Pisgah Chapel worshipping with your brothers. The Lord works through that brotherhood and those relationships. Getting lost on the trails, having to endure through a rainy campout, playing doubles on the two-square courts and protecting a Turtleback when he has the flag in Sock War are just a few of the many ways that the brotherhood of camp can help mold us into the men we are striving to become.
So I want to encourage you to recognize these relationships, bring them back home, surround yourself with boys and men like you see at camp. Seek wisdom, adventure, and discipleship and I promise, you will notice little changes in your life through the brotherhood that God intended us to have!
Your Brother in Christ,
Noble Nemean Lion