BY RICK WARREN
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
(Hebrews 10:24 NIV)
Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (NIV).
Real friends bring out the best in each other. They encourage and motivate one another to reach their goals. Friends who will cheer you on to success are a critical part of the Daniel Plan. There’s an old Zambian proverb that says, “When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far.” The Daniel Plan — and the lifetime of healthy habits ahead of you — is not a 50-yard dash. It is a marathon.
Marathon runners know there comes a point when you start getting a pain in your side that makes you want to give up. But if you have other people running with you, you can find the strength to continue to the finish line. The same is true in your journey to a healthier you. The only way you’ll achieve your God-given health goals is to have others involved in your life.
“In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5).
Talk It Over
- We all have different strengths when it comes to encouraging others. What are some ways you can encourage the people in your Daniel Plan group?
- Why do you think it’s important to want your friends’ success as much as your own?
- As you reflect on Romans 12:5, who are the people in your life to whom you can easily reach out for help.