“If you have three good friends in life consider yourself lucky.”  That statement from one of my professors at DePaul University blew me away!

I thought I had a lot more than three friends; I had a ton of friends!  I thought this professor must be socially inept.  The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve come to appreciate the truth of his statement.  I have a lot of acquaintances – people I engage with and interface with – but I have a much more limited number of friends.

I’m talking about friends you’re intimate with; friends who you can share your heart with; friends who you know aren’t going to judge you; friends who are safe, not toxic.  Friends who genuinely care about you, care about what you have to say, and care enough to bring correction when necessary. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” (Proverbs 27:6)

This is what I know; friendship is valuable.  I don’t walk away from a friendship easily.  Whenever I have a friendship, I am full on and all in.

I want you to consider today, have you been using the word friend too loosely?  What friends are in your inner circle?  I’m talking about your dream team.  People you can trust.  People who add value to your life, and you can add value to theirs.

Certainly our number one friend ought to be Jesus; He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.  As you round out your team, I hope that there are at least two or three additional people you can connect with and have a genuine friendship with. I finally understand what my professor meant when he said, “If you have three good friends in life consider yourself lucky.”

Pastor Bill

Pastor Bill