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The Rollercoaster Ride of Friendship

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

We all know Jesus was a great teacher and a great leader. He was the son of God, after all…

But did you know Jesus was a great friend? Which says a lot, considering what His “band of brothers” was like. He had:

Peter, James, John, Philip, and Andrew – Hebrew school rejects who were now fishing for a living.

Matthew – a tax collector, which means stole money from his people. Everyone hated him.

Simon – a Zealot – basically a politician… enough said

Thomas – a pretty negative doubter. Kind of like Eore on steroids

Judas – a thief who ultimately betrayed Him.

But He still loved them… and many, many more.

This week, I want to challenge you to prioritize your friendships, like Jesus did

I want you to TELL one friend you still care:

Here are four steps that spell T-E-L-L:

  • T – TIME – set a time to reach out to a friend you’ve lost touch with, put it on your calendar, make it a priority.

  • E – EFFORT – schedule the call, zoom, coffee, walk, or a visit. Put in the effort to reconnect your hearts and minds.

  • L – LOVE – let her know you’re sorry for the distance. Ask her questions about her life to catch up to current times. Actively listen without distractions.

  • L – LAUGH – share stories, reminisce about the good times, laugh about how silly you were, how much you’ve changed or stayed the same.

So who comes to your mind? Which friends have you lost in the busyness of life? Who would be surprised to hear from you this summer? Go ahead TELL her you still care and would like to find the time to reconnect. Only God knows the number of our days. Let’s cherish today and prioritize friendship like Jesus!

3 O’Clock Circle - Two or more together sharing real life and relevant faith.

Watch this week’s video. Then discuss these 3 questions in your circle.

  1. How does our pace of life distance us from friends we genuinely care about? What other obstacles stand in the way of prioritizing friends in your life?

  2. List sometimes you’ve experienced mountain tops - joyous times with friends. What about the valleys? Can you recall walking through some difficult times with a friend.

  3. Reach out this week to one friend you’ve lost track of. How will you tell her you care? What’s your plan? Write it down and stick to it.

Thank you for joining me in the mountains. See you next week!


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