Recently I had lunch with three high school friends. We get together in fact every three months for Mexican food in Decatur to share our joys and sorrows in life, to reflect on the "good 'ol days", to discuss challenges in our present world, and to talk about dreams and fears for the future. I cherish those gatherings. Today I came across this splendid and relevant quote from author Dave Goetz: "Most of us crave deep friendships, those that sweeten life and take the edge off its difficult parts. Authentic friendships are subversive in a culture that values who you know, what you own, or what your status is, and whether you got invited to the party of the summer."
I love the idea of "subversive friendships," that is, relationships that aren't based on what I can get from you, but rather on who we are as children of God made in God's image. These are the types of friendships I have with my high school buddies. They are also the types of friendships I find more than at any other place right here at JCPC.
It doesn't matter if you are extroverted or introverted, the best medicine in life is a friend, someone you not only like to hang out with, but someone you can truly count on and bare your soul to. Some questions to ponder: what quality of friendships do you have? Have you yourself reached out to be a faithful friend to others? Why do men so often have difficulty bonding with others?
I remember my pastor in New York City often said, "You can't go it alone in New York City," yes even in that bustling metropolis of 12 million people. The same is true here, "You can't go it alone in Johns Creek." As we kick off a new year at church, I challenge you to reach out and make connections here at church. Come this Sunday to Rally Day. Come, young people, to Sunday Night Live. Come, step out of your comfort zone. Introduce yourself to three new people this Sunday. Be a friend!
A friend loves at all times, and kinfolk are born to share adversity. -- Proverbs 17:17