And a friend’s a friend forever, if the Lord’s the Lord of them…

I talked earlier today with one of my best friends in this world.  David Y. is a great friend.  We have know each other for more than ten years, and we have been the greatest of friends for nearly that long.  I am excited that Kim and I will get to meet them for dinner this weekend.  I bring this up to say that I have come to the realization that God places people in our lives that help us in exactly the way that we need.  Some of you may say, “Well duh, Jason.  God Knows what He is doing all of the time.”  To which I respond, “Yes, I know.”  However, I am talking about the people that God directs our lives to cross paths with that stick with you for years and years, and they know you better than a brother or sister sometimes.

I can honestly say that of all of the friends, or acquaintances, that I had in high school and college, there are truly only a handful of people that fall into this category.  David is one such person.  He makes me a better person.  God uses him to speak truth into my life at times when I most need it.  Of course I get encouragement and love from my wife and family, but this is a different kind of encouragement.  I don’t know how to explain it.  When I am in a funk of some sort in my ministry, I know that I can call on David, and he has an encouraging word that will lift my spirit.  It is different from any other person.  God uses him to build me up and help me realize that I am not in this alone.  I am just so thankful for godly friends that have been placed in my life to encourage and inspire me.  Not to mention, David is a wicked good keyboard player and an awesome lawyer.

I eoncourage you to find someone like David in your life.  I can assure you that God has placed or is going to place someone in your life like that.  I would love to hear your thoughts on what it means to have godly, Christian friends in your life.

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