Make a Friend
Have you every walked in a room and not known anyone there?
It can be difficult to build relationships especially when it feels like everyone knows each other and you’re the new kid on the block. It’s in those moments that you and I need to know that we can throw our shoulders back and take the first step by reaching out our hands and our heart to make a new friend.
True, you could be rejected. Yet, if you keep reaching out you will find future friends that will be a treasure for the rest of your life. God specifically places people in our lives as friends.
Making Friends in Texas
Being new to Texas has required me to stretch out of my comfort zone and initiate new relationships. We had been in Nashville Tennessee for 28 years serving in pastoral ministry before we took the leap of a cross-cultural move. Everywhere we went we knew people that we had history with. We would often be standing in the grocery store or movie theater laughing or praying with people that we would run into. It was difficult to be willing to go where God was leading us. But we said to God:
We’ll go anywhere You want us to go…
We want to be at the right place,
at the right time,
doing the right thing,
with the right people.
On Mission with God
Our lives are to be lived on mission with God. The joy of following hard after God is that we will build the kingdom with friends. We will have friends all over the world who have a heart to see God’s kingdom established. We will also make new friends as God leads and guides.
One of the things I love about being in a new city is the opportunity to see God at work building new relationships. I may need to be the first person to reach out my hand and my heart to make a friend, but I’m not alone. As Christians we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. We are never alone because Jesus promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
So today, take the first step, reach out and make a new friend.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17
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