Real Friends

Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived.  Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him.  A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

  • Mark 3:31-35

“…I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of.”

  • C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

As an introvert, I can agree with C. S. Lewis wholeheartedly.  But you might need more than one.  If that one passes away, you are left with nobody.

Of course, you can have Jesus in your heart.  He wants to be your best friend.  He wants to adopt you as a brother or sister.  And once you have Jesus, you will always have that one friend.  And Jesus is worth the effort to make Him a “real” friend.

As for the other friends, making too many friends means that you are either not being a friend to them or you have nothing else in life to do other than being a friend to friends.  There would be no time to be a friend with Jesus or do the calling that God has for you to do.

I have noticed that busyness when it comes to my reading of other blogs.  I do not have the time to do my work, cultivate some flesh and blood friends in the local area, and read and comment on posts made by others.  It does not mean that I love some less than others.  It may mean, however, that I am stretched a bit thin.

Do you feel that way at times?  It may be time to reassess.  Pray about it and see what ways you can simplify your life.

God wants you to pursue Him.  He wants you to have a life, a life in which you can shine God’s life.  And it is hard to shine that life when you get overinvolved, even when it is involvement in “good” things.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Mark, I think about this all the time. I only publish blog posts twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays — yet I still feel stretched thin. My daughter’s family traveled to visit me this last weekend. It was the first time we had seen each other in a year, and the first time I was able to hold my newest grandchild. That was a wonderful visit. But still, I was fighting the clock to get my blog post up in time. Life gets complicated. It is hard to do all we might do to encourage others. Thank you for writing. Ann (AECRM)

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