New friends?

(01-06-22)– Starting Out Right! –Proverbs 13:20)

My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to friends, perhaps old friends may not necessarily always be the best ones?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.

I have a pair of old slippers; have had them for many years, actually. You know the kind of slippers I'm talking about. These are the ones you call "old friends." These slippers are the ones with the comfy insides, that fluffy lining that feels good even when you're not wearing socks. Although the soles are still intact, there is but a faint remnant of tread. Then there is that walked-over slouch where the uppers billow out over the soles. As I have a bit of a bow-legged gait these days, mine are a bit more walked over than most. These slippers are stained from a few stray, Saturday morning coffee drips and a patch of salt residue here and there from a stroll out on a winter driveway. I was wearing those "old friends" recently as I went out into the garage to retrieve a piece of wood for the Great Room stove. I lost my grip and it landed on a slippered foot. They may be "old friends," but they sure weren't great ones at that moment.

When it comes to friends, perhaps old friends may not necessarily always be the best ones?

Here's a story: Former prisoner James Knapp confessed to police that he'd robbed two stores in Oklahoma, because he missed his old cell mates. Police accommodated him. I think Mr. Knapp may have expressed something important, how- ever. Friends are absolutely necessary. But do you know who your best friend is? Henry Ford was having lunch with a man, when he suddenly asked the man that very question. "Who's your best friend?" he asked. Ford went on. "I'll tell you who your best friend is," he said. Then he wrote this sentence for the man to read: "Your best friend is he who brings out the best that is within you." Our best friends are those who do more than simply like us. They also believe in us. They support us but,