Feb 7, 2020
About Contributing Writer Chris Jackson: Chris is an insurance agency owner and an avid outdoorsman who lives in Andalusia, Alabama, with his wife Shannon. They love to road trip and chase adventures all over the country
I just got home from another Stupid Movie Night where some friends and I get together to…you guessed it…watch stupid movies! Our wives don’t like stupid movies, so my friends and I use this as an excuse to get together. Usually there is a hot grill, cold drinks, and a stupid movie. Sometimes there is a cigar, but always sore ribs from laughter.
This same group of friends sends out a group text most days around lunch time, “Anyone available for lunch?”
We get together a lot. Our gatherings are usually light, but sometimes…
One of our friends has a wife with cancer. Another recently went through a divorce. Another is having some major health issues. Sometimes we attend Bible study together, but not usually.
Usually we just get together and hang out. Unfortunately, to have a group of friends like this is unusual today.
Who would have ever thought loneliness would have been declared a national health crisis? According to experts, loneliness is more harmful than smoking a pack of cigarettes every day!
Almost 50% of our population report being lonely on a regular basis.
But loneliness isn’t necessarily the absence of being around people. We can be lonely in a group…like church.
Learn to Make Friends
In the Church of the Living God, loneliness ought not be! Proverbs 18:24 tells us, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Friends keep us safe by having our back. They watch out for us. The word friend is only mentioned 15 times in the book of Proverbs (NASB).
It’s interesting, however, that Paul greets over 20 people by name in the last chapter of Romans—all were his friends!
Jesus expects us to be known for how we handle our relationships. Christians should be known for having close, intimate relationships.
There are groups out there doing an excellent job of promoting friendship. My friends at Zoweh are helping men all over the country create what they call Redemptive Brotherhoods.
TJ and the gang at Kid’s Outdoor Zone are taking kids into the outdoors. Their motto is, “No child left inside.” The best friendships are created outside.
Check out Jack Ward and his Rugged Faith Outdoors. Jack will take you and some friends on an outdoor adventure that will create bonds for life!
Let’s Do Lunch
My friends and I put a premium on our relationships. How about you? Are there some guys that you could invite to lunch or maybe a Saturday breakfast? Nothing formal, no agenda, just friendship!