As 2018 rolls into a new what are the areas you want to improve on, better question what areas do you know god wants you to work on? Your career, Your relationship, Your Hardships…have you reflected on the areas you can feel his presence?
James 10:10 “ I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” What would you consider your characteristics in your life? For me I put god first for I have learned without him I am nothing, then my family which all in all good bad or indifferent is the rock on which I stand, then friends my backbone that let me know my wrongs or rights and always pick me up when I fall and lastly my mission which is not my job like most people claim to think but maybe that job is to help fund my MISSION from god. As I re-iterate over and over what is important- it is the presence of having good friends in your life that help lead you and guide you in the right direction. But let’s be honest how many of us never make time for that “good” friend. You meet once in awhile and promise to meet again soon and then times slips by and those meet ups never happen. Let’s break this down further, see Jesus preached to 1,000’s of people but maybe only 100 followed his teachings, take that further he chose 12 disciples and from there-it was only 3 that he chose to be with him in his final moments. Matthew 26:36-38 “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. ” See in life you will need 3 types of friends, one to laugh with-you know that one friend that you laugh so hard with til your side hurts, one that you can always count on for help-no matter where you are they will be there and lastly that one friend you can always go to for advice. As you read thru that again, when was the last time you visited with one of them or called them to see how they are?
Lets take this further, how many of you have lived in your neighborhood for years and your PRIDE has stopped you from talking to a neighbor. Maybe its that one person that’s across the street you see in passing & want to say hi but never do. What if you could be that one person, that one “friend” that they need? Maybe they could be that one person with the bit of knowledge or help you need. Make an effort this year to reach out to the strangers because they could be that one friend you were always looking for. See friendships mold you so choose wisely in your selection, do they help you with the characteristics of your life? Your faith? Are they trustworthy? That being said, friends will fail you from time to time and it is with your good judgement to move forward with grace and truth. Remember Jesus’ closest friends fell asleep on him when he asked them to stand watch, but Jesus approached them with grace not anger. And lastly as Jesus did the night before he was crucified he was vulnerable with his closest friend and poured out his worry and anguish. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, we live in society in which being vulnerable is frowned upon. But it is an admirable trait that opens your heart and your soul to those you call your brother or sister. Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
We put so much value and emphasize on so many things from our belongings, our jobs that we forget about those who built us. Those who without them you wouldn’t be who you are today. They are the people who will tell your story one day, its your impact, so make that call, schedule that visit, laugh those laughs….you only have one life….touch as many friends as you can.