(10.05.21– Only The Lonely –Proverbs 18: 24)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you need the touch of one good friend, one who would "stick to you like a brother?" As the old saying goes, "Find a friend, make a friend?”
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
The touch of one good friend: that's what most of us are longing for. We aren't looking for a spotlight on a stage. In truth that is usually a pretty lonely place. Some of the loneliest people inhabit these places; for life in the spotlight is perhaps one of the emptiest places around. Tennis star Boris Becker was at the very top of the tennis world – yet he was on the brink of suicide. He said, "I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed. It's the old song of movie stars and pop stars that commit suicide. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string." Becker is not the only one to feel that sense of emptiness. The echoes of a hollow life pervade our culture. One doesn't have to read many contemporary biographies to find the same frustration and disappointment. Jack Higgens, author of such successful novels and The Eagle Has Landed, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: "That when you get to the top, there's nothing there." (Our Daily Bread, July 9, 1994.)
Here's a story: The great patriot John Randolph of Virginia was known for his intelligence and generosity, yet Randolph died a lonely and bitter man. He lacked for nothing in this life. He really had it all. His estate was extravagant consisting of hundreds of acres of rich and fertile farm land. His stable of horses was not to be equaled in Virginia. He was generous and prosperous. He was famous having both signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. In many ways he was as well known in Virginia as Jefferson and Washington. Yet, when death approached him he died alone attended only by a physician. Randolph died a very lonely man.
Despite all of his accomplishments over the course of his long life, the one thing he had failed to do was to make good friends. There was something about his uncompromising, bitter and cantankerous nature that turned people off. In debate he was harsh and caustic. In dealings he was abrupt, even rude. With all he possessed the one think he really longed for most, one good friend, had never been a part of his storied life. The touch of a friend probably would have meant much more to him at that moment of indecision than all the stables of horses in the world.
Do you need the touch of one good friend, one who would "stick to you like a brother?" We all do. As the old saying goes, "Find a friend, make a friend!" There are doubtless many who would value your close friendship and are in need of it today. Ask God to reveal them to you and then go seek their friendship. Take the challenge of being a friend if you need a friend. No one need be lonely if they have Love to give to others.
We pray. Heavenly Father, Lord, we so often need the touch of one good friend, one who would "stick to you like a brother?" Help us to find those friend Lord, and remind us that to find friends we first need to offer to be a friend? We are reminded of the saying: As the old saying goes, "Find a friend, make a friend!" There are doubtless many who would value our close friendship and are in need of it today. Forgive us Father when we fail to offer that freely to anyone in need of our friendship. Reveal them to us and then help us to go seek their friendship. May we always be ready to take the challenge of being a friend if we need a friend. No one need be lonely if they have Love to give to others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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