You meet people, and sometimes you can tell right away you just met a new friend. I met a neighbor the other day, and I can tell that’s going to be the case.
Friendship is undervalued in our culture. I’m not talking about Facebook friends, I’m talking about real friendship.
The Blonde (aka as the wife) tells me I have a lot of friends, more than most people. I think she might be right.
I’ve got some hardcore storm the gates of Hell type friends like Buddy, Rob, Jim, Marcus, Brett, and Clay. These are the guys that always answer their phone when you call. You don’t always agree, but love is stronger than the disagreement and forgiveness is always a part of the relationship.
These are your go-to guys. The guys that you ask them to pray for you and they do, not only that but they follow up to see how God is working through their prayers.
My old friend Clay is a pastor in deep northeast Texas. He called me last week, Clay said, “I was waiting on a plane and had a minute so I thought I would call my friend, Kenny.” Kenny has become a term of endearment (something friends use), typically you’re family, as close as family or have known me for a long time.
My point is we all need friends that call “just because.” My favorite high school principal would say he is an Anne of Green Gable's bosom friend.
We often think about how we need friends, wish we had friends, friends that express their love for us in tangible ways, like Clay but we don’t think much about being a friend. We are selfish, aren’t we? See it takes a friend to make a friend. You have to be a friend to have a friend.
It’s that Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) thing that we don’t do very well. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When is the last time you reached out to someone “just because?”
Anne says, "Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you." I want to be the kind of person that makes others say that.
Does that make sense?
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back together and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” - Solomon, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. He told me to tell you all of that.