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“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18: 24 King James Version

While I was cleaning Sunshine’s cage yesterday, I put her in the small travel cage the pet store had given me. When I took her out of the small cage to put her back in the larger cage, she got away and landed on the floor. I just kept after her and blocking her from going very far. She finally allowed me to pick her up and didn’t even bite me. Had I not have spent time with her every day earning her trust, she would never have allowed me to catch her and most definitely she would have bitten me. I invested time and love in her and it was rewarded.

If you want an investment that yields great dividends, start telling everyone how great Jesus is and how much He Loves them. We put money in a savings account for our children’s education; how much more important it is to put the knowledge that we love them and that Jesus Loves them in their hearts. We wonder why some children become rebellious and do things that hurt us, I think it is because they see us rebelling against the things Jesus has asked us to do and they see us doing things to hurt Jesus. This is not true in every situation because parents can be loving to their children and they still rebel.

If your children are grown and have left home it is not too late to let them know how much you love them and that Jesus Loves them. This should be a top priority in our lives; to tell them how much they are loved! You not only have the opportunity to let your grandchildren know how much they are loved; Jesus has told us to tell them. We spend money buying gifts for our grandchildren but often neglect or forget to tell them how precious they are to Jesus.

If you want a friend, then you must be a friend. You must invest time and caring into the friendship. I’ve heard and read this so many times “You get back what you give out”. This is a true statement. If you are not a loving and caring person and if you are not there for your friends in times of joy and sadness, then they probably won’t be there for you when you need them. We must stop taking people for granted. There is a person who contacts me once a year and tells me that she loves me and is grateful for our friendship. I do not consider her a friend nor do we have a friendship. She is an acquaintance. When we only contact a person once a year that is not a friendship.

How often do you contact Jesus? Do you only call Him when you need something? Is He put at the bottom of your list of things that must be accomplished that day? Are you investing your time, talents, energy and material things to further the gospel of Jesus? We must be about our Father’s business while there is still time. There are people hurting who need to know that there is hope; that there is a risen Saviour who Loves them and can give them eternal life. When is the last time you hugged someone to Jesus by your friendship?

Joanne Lowe
January 26, 2007

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