Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 14

The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends will be an outsider at their celebrations
. Proverbs 14:10 (TM)

I am blessed with friends who have been with me through my life’s bitter moments and celebrations. A few have been there since my youth, a few came further down along life’s path. But I know I can pick up the phone at any moment and they are there.

I will forever remember a phone call I received when I was getting slapped around by life and felt like I was fighting a losing battle. "I’m right there in the trench with you," my friend said. "I’ve got your back."

I also remember the image of a photograph from my wedding of that same friend raising a glass to present a toast.

Every man needs friends like that.
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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 14”

  1. Great thoughts. This reminded me of a point in one of John Eldredge’s – where he discusses men’s conversations in church. “How’s work?” “Did you see the game?” We are so trained to not go deeper – it is a hard habit to break.
    it’s cool to know someone’s ‘got your back’

  2. I agree Tom. As men, we often think we are strong enough to handle life alone. It’s not true! I encourage every man to find a person with whom they can be authentic and transparent about life. The accountability is freeing!
    Verse 28 struck me today. Most of us are leaders at some capacity at some time in life. It may be at work, in our family or at church. When I am in those positions, I often wonder if my leadership is effective. “The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.” This verse tells us how to measure our leadership. If no-one follows, you may need to adjust. If you have loyal followers, great job!

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