Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Do we have any life-long friends? It is unusual to have friends from childhood till death. I have a few friends from my school days – but not many. Most of us grew up and went on with our lives. Because I attended three elementary schools – two junior high schools – and one high school – I haven’t been able to keep in touch with many from my younger days. Facebook has helped some.
My daughters are in the position that most pastors’ children do not experience. They started and finished grade school – middle school – and high school – with the same set of friends. Because we stayed in one church for 24 years – they grew up in the same school system and even today – grown and with families – they have some of the same friends for their school days.
Other than family – most of us don’t have friends from our childhood. For some of us – our 35-55-75 year marriage is the longest running friendship we have known. Some will never know that either – with many marriages not making it that long. Continue reading
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Carry each other’s burdens. Like some – I work better with someone working along side of me rather than working alone. I know folks that work well alone – but I like having someone there with me – even if just for company. I’ve encouraged my wife at times to simply be in the yard with me while working to have someone there. I can work alone – but I work better with someone there to talk to and bounce ideas off of.
Carry each other’s burdens. I wonder how many of us have had issues in life (almost all of us I imagine). I can also imagine that often having someone help us through the difficult time was appreciated. Whether is was a loan at just the right time – a word of advice – a shoulder to lean on – a prayer said at just the right time – a kind word of encouragement – or simply just being there. Continue reading
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
I was thinking of my dad the other day. In a few months – it will be four years since he passed. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. I miss him so. He taught me many things – even things I am still learning today. As his words echo in my ears – in my mind – I am guided in life to be a better man – a better husband – a better pastor – a better father. Is there anyone like that in your life?
Many of us have coaches or teachers or parents or close friends who have given us advice and guiding words in our lives. We often remember them and think of those persons fondly. I still remember a close friend – Harry – who poured into my life for many years. He took time to guide me in my developing years as a youth and young adult. A close friend – Brad – also was significant in my life – may he rest in peace. Continue reading
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Do any of us have longtime friends? Friends we have had like for forever it seems? On Facebook – some folks call long time friends BFFs – Best Friends Forever. They have even started ranking BBFs by calling them BFF1 or BFF2 (I kid you not).
My children were blessed more than most pastor’s children – because we were at one church for such a long time (24 years). They were able to start school (pre-school) and end High School with some of the same friends throughout. It was amazing for them. Some of their friends have been there for them for all that time – even as they finished college – married – and started families. We have had their friends in and out of our home for so long we feel like they are part of our family. Continue reading