I love the scene from the 1988 movie, “The Bear”.
A young bear cub is on its own exploring the wilderness. Suddenly a mountain lion spots the bear, and decides to pursue it for its next meal. The scene unfolds for several minutes as the baby bear attempts to flee for its life. Down the mountainside, out onto a tree branch dangling over a river, and finally floating down the river — and then the chase is up. The young bear has fled as far as it could go and the mountain lion has closed in on it. Now it is time to transition from flight to fight.
The mountain lion takes a couple of stabs/bites at the bear, and it appears to be only a matter of time until the hunt is complete. Then the bear makes a final stand, raising its voice in a defensive yell at the mountain lion. Surprisingly, the tactic works. The mountain lion retreats!
But it is then that the camera pans beyond (behind) the small bear and reveals the reason why the mountain lion changed its mind and left the bear alone. It wasn’t the young bear's defensive cry that scared the attacker away. We see that standing upright behind the small bear is a full-grown adult bear also yelling at the mountain lion. The adult bear had the baby bear’s back.
(Click on the link above to watch the "I've Got Your Back" scene from "The Bear", © Price, Renn Productions)
What a cool scene, and a powerful example/reminder of the importance of backing-up the people that we care about (and anyone who needs our help for that matter). It is also a good reminder of how important those people are who we know are there for us.
Sometimes it may mean “being there” with a physical presence, like in the scene from the movie, such as during the times when it is important for us to help out when another person is facing a bodily attack (this could include a health challenge, physical intimidation, or even providing shelter from the elements during a storm). But, it is also equally important to be there emotionally and spiritually when we cross paths with someone who is facing an attack of that sort.
“Be self-controlled and alert.Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)
Those verses even portray the devil prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Very similar to the predator that our young bear friend faced in the movie scene.
Friends, our enemy the devil is real — and he is waging spiritual warfare against us all of the time. It is absolutely crucial that we surround ourselves with a network of brothers/sisters in Christ who we know will help us stand firm in the faith. And we must look for opportunities to provide that same support for others.
This “being there” for someone can take on several dynamics, which could potentially include things like being intentional and consistent with our prayers for them, giving them a call or stopping in to let them know that they are important to us and that they are on our mind, and finding other ways to pour Christ into their lives; send them a card with a positive message, lend them a book that helped you during a difficult time, take them to a movie that has an uplifting message, attend a worship service with them, etc.
Being there for others (and having others that are there for us) is so very important to our well being. It is part of God’s plan when he created us to be such social, relationship-based, creatures.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12)
Who do you think that “cord of three strands” is?
2. Your spouse/friend (whoever you are backing up)
3. God (listed third here, but #1 in order of importance!)
You see, when we are not only "there" for others, but when we also bring God into the fold, our fellowship with that person (and with our God) will not be quickly broken. Remember that. Be there for the people God puts into you life, but don’t forget that you need their support too. Embrace both of those roles (supporter and supported), as another piece to the life puzzle that helps us THRIVE.
Know that I am here also for you as another resource, as a friend, as a Christian life coach and as another person who has your back. Most importantly, trust the Lord thy God. He has our backs, always.
“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
May God’s blessings continue to shine upon you each and every day!
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All Praise, Honor and Glory to God!
Coach Shane is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program from the Christian Coach Institute. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Coach Shane has a heart for helping men, families, and young adults in their earthly walks as they continue to grow and develop into the family, church, business, and community leaders that God is calling them to become. He does not teach about the Bible or religion as a trained Pastor or theologian would, but rather relates Christian principles to the everyday walk of earthly life, doing so from a layman’s perspective. Applying a Christian perspective to real life. For more information visit Shane Hansen, Christian Life Coach, LLC.
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