For years, fragments from the Lone Ranger have filled pop culture with people quoting the famous “Hi-Ho, Silver! Away!” Or, the popular, “Who was that masked man?” Today theaters will fill up for the premier of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp. People will spend two hours escaping reality and living through an action packed story. However, many will leave as the Lone Ranger, only isolated and not an action hero.
You’ve heard the term Lone Ranger used many times. It’s been used to describe people who had rather do life alone without the help of others. Many Pastors, church leaders, and individuals often live this way, even if you wouldn’t admit it. The problem with this lifestyle is that we were not created to do life alone. We were created to serve and support those around us.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” – 1 Corinthians 12:21
The Bible says we are all a part of one greater body. Each of us need the other to function at full potential. So today, if you are trying to do life alone, find a Tonto.
70% of Pastors say they don’t have a close friend. Because of this Lone Ranger mentality, 70% of Pastors are constantly fighting depression. You need people around you.
The same principal applies to everyone, not just Pastors. So start today and find your Tonto. Join a small group if your church organizes them. Reach out to those around you and start a group of your own. Just find people that will be a positive influence that you can rely on, and that you can commit yourself to support them as well.
Who is your Tonto?