Thursday, February 11, 2010
Give Thanks For Your Friends
I heard about a farmer who was detained for questioning about an election scandal. The attorney asked him, "Did you sell your vote?"
The farmer said, "No sir, not me. I voted for that there fella 'cause I liked him."
The attorney said, "Come, now, I have evidence that he gave you fifty dollars for a vote."
The farmer said, "Well, now, it's plain common sense that when a fella gives you fifty dollars you like him."
I suppose that’s one way to define a friend. In fact, Solomon said, "Many entreat the favor of the nobility, and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts." (Proverbs 19:6).
But, a true friend involves a depth of relationship. It's someone you enjoy doing things with, someone you enjoy talking with, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to turn to in times of need. I like how I once heard someone describe a friend as someone you could call at 2:00 a.m. if you needed something. Solomon lets us know how important friends are in the difficult times of life:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken." (Eccl. 4:9-12)
Give thanks to God for the friends who are a blessing in your life. And let those friends know how special they are to you!