Resiliency Rule 08 - Show Me Your Friends and I’ll Show You Your Future

James 5:16
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

I was fortunate this weekend to watch our basketball teams play.  I saw a lot of team work, camaraderie, love for each other and athletes playing as one. As I watched these games I could not help but think of one of my favorite films of all time Rudy.  So I went home and watched this short clip from the film.  The scene depicts the Norte Dame football team giving up their spot on the field so that their teammate named Rudy can suit up and play.  Their sacrifice for their teammate Rudy was made easy because Rudy had been a teammate and friend through his sacrifice each day at practice.  

It is these players on our teams today that build a positive culture.  We want every player on our team to be friend that gives of themselves for purpose greater than self.  When we have a friend like this, we have a friend forever.  Ecclesiastes 4:12 says "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” 

An old saying about friendship states "Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future."  The big question is, “Am I the type of friend that gives my friends and teammates a bright future?"

The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20

Family Devotional Questions
To attract faithful friends, you have to become the type of friend you want to be around. If you want trustworthy friends, be trustworthy and honest. If you want friends who are growing in their relationship with Christ, you’ll need to focus on growing spiritually as well. If you don’t want friends who gossip, then don’t gossip. Here are three simple questions to ask if you can’t seem to figure out if your friends are wise:
1. Do they follow Jesus?
2. Do they do the right thing?
3. Do they make others better?
4. In what ways are you having a positive influence on your friends? Negative?
5. Write down the names of your closest friends. Are they wise or foolish?

WORKOUT
Proverbs 12:26
1 Corinthians 15:33

PRAYER
Father, help me to be a trustworthy, faithful friend – to seek You and make others better. Lead me to an inner circle of friends who love You and make wise decisions, amen.

Jon Goodman