“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.
What brother(s) do you have to call on in times of trouble or triumph? Be real; be honest.
Create a plan of action to how you will be a brother to another man and how you will strengthen that relationship. Be specific. Bonus: Share this with that other man and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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