In the world but not of it

November 25, 2009

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real
friend sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Many years ago someone told me that a man who can count his
friends on more than one hand doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Isn’t it interesting how children can be so transparent and
genuine in their relationships, never questioning each other’s motives but they
just get along and enjoy each other. Adults, however, make it a point to be
quite the opposite. We manage our relationships with hints of jealousy,
manipulation, selfish motives and more…then we can’t figure out why we don’t
have genuine, fruitful relationships

In life we all know many people who we get along with very
well and if someone were to ask us about them we would probably refer to them
as a friend. In fact, most of the time when we want to mention someone we know
we say something like “I have a friend who does…”

Actually the word friend has a much deeper meaning that the
one we apply to it. It speaks of someone that we not only enjoy being around or
have things in common with but also speaks of someone we trust, someone who
will laugh and cry with us, someone who has our best interest in mind and is
not self-serving. It is someone that you would share with and discuss topics
that are meaningful to you without fear of being judged.

Now consider how many people you know that fit this
description. Over the years I have discovered that what I really have are many
acquaintances, people who I respect and get along with. People I enjoy spending
time with socially. But I would not expect them to fit the description above.

I can’t count my friends on more than one hand. I have
learned to be truly grateful for the people in my life that are friends. I am
sure you have at least one of these people in your life. Today would be a great
opportunity to tell them how much you appreciate their friendship. Encourage
them and communicate the value of the relationship as you see it.

We spend so much time talking to people each day and too
often we allow ourselves to be very open and honest about things most dear to
us only to discover we probably opened a can of worms.

We need to pray and ask God to strengthen the relationships
in our lives He deems to be the most important.

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