The old gray donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, “Why?” and sometimes he thought, “Well… one can’t complain. I have my friends, someone spoke to me only yesterday and Owl flew past a day or two ago and noticed me. He didn’t actually say anything mind you, but he knew it was me. Very friendly of him, I thought. Encouraging.”
Friend – A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts; a person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement.
Matthew 26:36-38 “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John), and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
Jesus had acquaintances and he had friends, but he also had His close friends, Peter, James, and John. These were the kind of friends that He was comfortable enough to share intimate details to about His life and feelings; a deep trust. He was able to say things to them that others may not be able to handle, and together they watched out for one another. He expected His close friends to “watch His back” and was even able to voice His frustration with them when they didn’t.
We may have many acquaintances in our life, but we all need a Peter, James, and John. 1Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” When you are with your close friends, are you encouraged? Does the friendship leave you feeling uplifted or does it leave you feeling drained? Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Do these friendships keep you “sharp”… maybe spark creativity, clarity, or godly character in your life?
God has blessed me with great friends like this. We discuss ideas and creativity ignites. When I’m around them, I feel energized and motivated. When we work together on an overwhelming task, it becomes attainable. “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Friendships like Peter, James, and John make us strong. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” We all need a Cord of Friends in our life… Who are yours? Seek out good friendships and when you find them… protect them! Eeyore once said, “Nobody tells me. Nobody keeps me informed. I make it 17 days come Friday since anybody spoke to me.” We can’t be a bunch of Eeyore’s sulking through life. Let’s step out of our “comfort zone” and actively BE a friend to someone this week.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.” Philippians 1:3-4