Old Friends

Newer is better. Something is better than nothing. What you don’t know can’t hurt you….

Can you think of some reasons why those colloquialisms are not essentially true?

Newer is better. I called a long-time friend today. I’ve known him for sixteen years. He discipled me when I was in high school. He is still discipling high school students at the same church. That says a lot considering how frequent people “church-hop” in the South. He is not a new friend but an old friend who I look forward to sharing a cup of coffee with again some day.

Something is better than nothing. When talking to my long-time friend he asked me to pray for him. He asked that God show him what is best for his family and ministry, not just what is good or what will do. What a great desire for life, wanting what is His best, not just settling for mediocrity.

What you don’t know can’t hurt you. At the end of our conversation we talked about the picture evangelism tool I developed for illiterate believers to use. He said his team will use the tool next week on a disaster relief mission trip to Birmingham, AL. I never considered in the initial stages of developing the tool its use in a context outside of Madagascar. Now I am eager to hear back from the students and leaders when they get back from their trip. Pray for the First Baptist Church, Laurens, SC team of 35 students and adults as they help those left with damaged housing from tornadoes. Pray they are bold proclaimers of the gospel. Pray many will hear, repent and believe. Pray for their safety as they labor in the heat.