Friends Pt. 3
Posted by Travis Berry
I have really been enjoying this series. It has been lessons that I need to learn. It has made me a better person and a better friend. OK, enough with that. Our next passage about friendship comes from Proverbs 18:24 and it says:
“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.“
Being a good friend is hard. It takes work and effort just like any other meaningful relationship. I think the writer of this Proverb may have understood that. If we keep that in mind we could see how trying to maintain too many friendships could lead to ruin. However, I am not sure that is really what is in view here.
What I believe is in view is popularity. In high school some kids are obsessed with being popular. This shows in our culture. It is hip to be famous. It’s cool to be a star football player or actress. These people get idolized. That is what many kids strive for.
I had a dream that one day I would become a baseball player. I would be playing in some of the greatest stadiums and in the biggest games. People would have posters of me and everyone would know my name. People would always want to be around me. I was going to be popular.
That popularity can cause trouble. It can make you into a person that you are not. It can make you into the person that others want you to be instead of the person that you are.
Strive to have deep friendships with few instead of shallow friendships with many.