Words With Friends

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It’s good to have friends.

Especially on those days when the rest of the world seems to be giving you a hard time.

It’s good to know you have those few rare people in the world you can lean on, and tell anything too.

Except when you can’t.

Friends are people too, after all, and that means you never know…

You might say that rare sentence that triggers your friend’s ire.

Or you might lean a little too hard, expecting support past the breaking point.

Or they might catch you cheating at Word’s With Friends.

Or you might say something critical of your friend, not expecting to get a rise out of them.

But you do.  And suddenly you’re having words with your friend.

Now some friendships are built on these kind of discussions, folks used to scrapping it up with each other.

Others, though, find themselves in unfamiliar waters, risking real damage to the friendship.

If you find yourself in a fight with your friend, here’s what you can do:

  1.  Have faith that all will be well!  Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?  These three friends found themselves facing truly dire circumstances, but their faith kept them okay.
  2. Misery loves company.  Psalms like 41, 55, and 88 speak about the pain of being rejected by a friend, but Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
  3. Jesus was a friend to tax collectors and sinners.  Surely you and your friend can put up with each other.
  4. You may not like each other right now, but don’t forget that you  love each other.  1 John 4:11 says “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
  5. And if none of that works, remember Matthew 6:15:  “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Yikes!

Friends are special and rare and not to be taken for granted.

So when the time comes that you find yourself having words with your friends, swallow your pride, remember what’s most important, and hold on tight.

(Wanna be friends?  My Words With Friends name is Toddmit)

Have a good week,

Mitch

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A Room Without A Roof

Have you heard this song?  Take a listen.  Guaranteed to brighten your day.


Question:  Have you ever felt like a room without a roof?

I don’t know that I ever thought about it, until I heard this great song by Pharrell Williams.  (It was nominated for Best Song at the Oscars)

My Answer:  I’m not sure, but I know someone who has:

Once upon a time, there was a guy who was paralyzed.
He was confined to bed all day long.
It made his friends sad.

One day, they heard about a guy in town who could do amazing things.
Work miracles, even.

So they gathered up their friend on a stretcher, and they carried him to the man’s house.

There were so many people at the house,
they couldn’t get in through the front door.
So… they climbed the roof.

And then they began to pull off the thatch ceiling.

And there below, inside the main room,  was the healer, Jesus.
He looked up at them, and smiled,
and allowed them to lower this man down through the ceiling.

Jesus turned to the man and said, “Your Sins Are Forgiven.”
And the man stood up, and walked.

There he was, in a room without a roof,
and that’s exactly how he felt.
Like the sky was the limit.

He felt happy.  And so did Jesus.  And so did his friends.

Wow.  What a great story.  (Mark 2)

Nothing that dramatic has ever happened to me,
but there have been some times when I’ve experienced so much joy
I felt like raising the roof and putting my hands together.

Maybe that was Christ at work inside me.

How about you?  Ever felt that way?

Good.  Then…

Clap along.

Have a great week,

Mitch

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