“Son, can you please walk the dog for me? I’m running behind, and it would be a great help.” I asked my eldest. “Sure, dad,” he replied. I then asked his other two younger brothers to accompany him. This process is very familiar to them because not only did they learn it from my wife and I but also in school.
When my kids were younger, the school used the “Buddy System.” This system is a procedure whereby two individuals, or “buddies,” operate together as a single unit to monitor and help each other. The teachers use this system during bathroom trips, field trips, and any other activities where the kids may be vulnerable.
Although it may sound a bit childish, it’s a powerful concept. Used by various Armed Forces of the United States, the Buddy System is referred to by different names in each branch. “Wingmen” in the Air Force, “Battle Buddies” in the Army, and “Shipmates” in the Navy.
As a father of these three boys, the Buddy System helps me to develop in them a sense of brotherhood, teamwork, and an innate desire to protect. Also, if you read carefully, you find the Buddy System in scripture.
There’s not a place in the bible; we are to do life on our own. Solidarity is only for taking time to be alone with the Father for reflection and reception. Other than this, we find strength, comfort, and encouragement when a fellow brother helps us, and we help a fellow brother.
Answer and Journal the Following
Read and meditate on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 for yourself.
What brother(s) do you have to call on in times of trouble or triumph? Be real; be honest.
Meditate / Make It Real:
Create a plan of action to how you will be a brother to another man and how you will strengthen that relationship. Be specific.
Share / Show:
Share this with that other man and have them hold you accountable.