It's worth it!
I’m looking forward to a long drive today with three old friends. We ministered and travelled together for several years and haven’t seen each other for quite a while. Our catching up will be full of laughter, emotion, and likely even some tears.
Recently when I opined that it “takes a long time to make old friends,” another friend suggested that “sometimes we are too old to make old friends.” Not sure if I agree with that or not, but I am certain that sharing memories of meaningful times with like-minded friends refreshes and renews my soul.
For many years I kept this ancient proverb, author unknown, posted on my kitchen window sill:
“A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and wheat together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the chaff away.”
I think the explosion of social media represents our younger generation reaching out for connection with others, desiring authentic relationships. In these days of over busy schedules and hurried conversations, Solomon would admonish us to slow down and enjoy one another. He reminds us that “two are better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken.” Ecc. 4:9-12 Two things last forever: people and the word of God. Love lasts.
Is there a friend that came to mind as you read this blog? How about slowing down and connecting with them today. It's worth it.