More Than Just One Type

The Builder -

If you are a millennial, or the parent or grandparent of a millennial, you will probably be familiar with the catch-phrase Can we fix it? Yes we can!”  Yes, you are right, it is indeed the favourite saying of Bob the Builder and Friends - an animated children’s television show dating back to the 1990s.

When it comes to friendships this is an apt catch-phrase for the type of friend we are going to highlight today, “The Builder”. So let’s look at “The Builder”, who is happy to invest in your development and who genuinely wants you to succeed.  No task seems too big or insurmountable to our builder friend. They are motivators, helping you to get across the finish line. They are generous with their time as they support and invest in you and your strengths. As with Bob the cartoon character, they help you plan, execute and succeed in your tasks. A bit like a coach, these are people who help you achieve more in your life each day.

If you are not sure about who is a builder in your life, start asking for advice and see who responds. Was the advice sound? Did they come back to follow up? If they do, be prepared to share a little more and learn to encourage and appreciate them. If it works, give them permission to speak into your life even more, even nag you if you need it!

I know I need encouragement. There is enough in life that can begin to drag us down, so we need to treasure the builders in our lives. Which makes me wonder, could you be a builder for someone else?

Paul Monahan

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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