I read this morning of a man who left his church after looking around one Sunday and realizing that if he died that day there would not even be six men from that church who he would know well enough to carry his casket. Something about that story struck home with me because I’m sure there are a lot of men in a lot of churches today who feel the same way.
In past generations, people generally lived in a community for a lifetime and naturally made lifelong friends. Today we are much more transient, moving every few years, and those relationships often just aren’t there. That’s why we sometimes have to work harder at going out of our way to build friendships.
If you would have trouble finding six friends to carry your casket, consider the verse from Proverbs, “He that has friends, must show himself friendly.” The key to having friends is being a friend. That’s why taking time today to form friendships will redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.