Most of us have friends, but they’re not often really good friends. What’s missing? Intimacy. Intimacy among friends is profoundly valuable and also rare. Helen Keller said, “I would rather walk in the dark with a friend than walk alone in the light.” We all yearn for that kind of powerful and lasting influence in our lives. What are the three absolutely necessary ingredients that must be part of any truly close friendship? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Sometimes there are things, seemingly small things that can change the world. Compassion and caring for instance. By just showing a little compassion or by acting in a way that shows you care can have a dramatic affect not only on the giver and recipient of these actions, but on those who witness them as well. A few weeks ago we talked about loving our enemies – today we ask – how can we better care for our friends? How can we, in practical terms, be our “brother’s keeper”?
We all have had the experience of making or receiving a promise that was not kept. When you think about it, the experience is a sad one, for with a broken promise comes some level of a damaged trust towards the one who did not deliver. Over time this can lead to all kinds of deep and permanent damage to our relationships. What makes a promise? How do we better keep our promises? What about God? What had He promised us, and is He keeping His promises?