Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12 (additional reading: Psalm 47:1-9 and Proverbs 22:16)
During the 200m in a Special Olympics for handicapped children. Contestants lined up at the starting line, & at the signal, started running as fast as they could. One boy by the name of Andrew quickly took the lead and was soon about 50m ahead of everybody else. As he approached the final turn he looked back & saw that his best friend had fallen & hurt himself on the track. Andrew stopped and looked at the finish line. Then he looked back at his friend. People were screaming, “Run, Andrew, run!” But he didn’t. He went back to his friend, helped him up, and hand in hand, they crossed the finish line dead last. But as they did, the people cheered even more, because there are some things more important than finishing first.
Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one… If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls & has no one to help him up!” We do fall or get knocked down at times in life, don’t we? And how wonderful it is when we have a friend who cares enough to lift us up, dust us off, & help us continue on.
Socrates said; “there is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.” Francis Bacon said, “friendship doubles joy and halves grief…” and Mark Twain said; “to get the full value out of joy, you must have someone to divide it with…”
Through the pages of the Bible we see many great friendships; Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Aaron, Caleb and Joshua, David and Jonathan, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Peter & John, Paul & Silas, Barnabas and Mark… (and we can be certain, that their stories without their friends would have been much different).
A friend means, there’s somebody there for you. There’s someone you can count on. In one word, dependable. According to the dictionary, to be dependable means “to be capable of being depended on, suitable or fit to be relied on, worthy of one’s trust, good, reliable, responsible, safe, solid, steady, sure, tried-and-true, trustworthy, trusty.” Does this define who you are? Are you being the friend you should?
- Are you thankful for your friends?
- Do you show your friend you care?
Father, Thank You for the people you put in our lives to be our friends. Thank You that You have made us a friend with You. Help us to be a good friend to those you place in our lives and encourage one another. In Jesus’ name, Amen