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Monday, November 17, 2008

True Friends

HELP….. I feel another Calgon moment coming on!

I arrived home last night from another awesome ladies event, I looked over at my neighbor’s home and I could not believe what I saw… Christmas lights, garland, bows and all.

It’s only November 17th. But to be honest, before we can blink, Christmas will be in the past, another year will be gone, and we will stand once again before the dawning of a new year.

This is how fast time is passing us (well… me) by. I turned on my CD player a couple weeks ago in my car, Bing Crosby rang out with one of my favorite songs. It was a Christmas song… in my CD player… in October.

No, I was not like my neighbor and preparing early for Christmas, I was actually late. It was in there from Christmas 2007. Not one, but three of my Holiday CD’s were still in my six CD changer.

They say the older you get the faster time flies. It’s true. I like to think I’m not THAT old, but when your 17 year old son is playing basketball at the same High School you attended it makes you feel really, really old. It was just a few years ago I sat on that same basketball court for my Baccalaureate Service.

Graduations will come and graduations will go. Holidays will come and Holidays will go. Children will come and then Children will go. A new year will come and a new year will go. Good and bad times will come and then they will go.

So here’s a question for us all, what are we doing with our lives that seem to be passing by so quickly?

My honest and sincere prayer is to not be so consumed with life that I forget what makes it worth living is the relationships we make on our journey through the holidays and graduations of life. I shared last night with my ladies at Christ Central Alachua the importance of having friends. I read this story to them and I want to share it with you as well.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play major league baseball. While breaking baseball’s "color barrier," he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error. His own fans began to ridicule him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the fans jeered.

Then shortstop "Pee Wee" Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Jackie Robinson and faced the crowd. The fans grew quiet. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career.

Now you may say to yourself, "I wish I had a friend like that", or "I’m glad I have a friend like that." But I want to challenge you today to be able to say, "I want to BE a friend like that!"

I told the ladies the way to define a true friend in your life is by asking yourself this question, “Is my life better because of their presence in it?”

But let me change that around today and ask, “Is someone else’s life better because of YOUR presence in it?”

This Holiday Season let’s remember what is really important. The important things in life are not about how well you decorated your house for Christmas or how perfectly you cooked your Thanksgiving meal, but it’s about the people sitting around the table of our lives.

So whose life are you going to make a difference in today? Who are you going to stand next to, place your arm around and face the crowd? You may just save their life, maybe not physically, but their life may just be a little bit better because of your presence.

Happy Monday!


Unreasonable Grace said...

Know that your presence in my life has made a radical difference - you are a true-blue friend. And I trust you with my life and my heart. That's the kind of friend I want to be!

Anonymous said...

Kim beat me to it! My life is immeasurably blessed by your presence!! I can only hope & pray that it is reciprocated! Thank you for being you. Thank you for focusing on the dash between the dates! You are a true friend, one of my greatest treasures!!

Love ya!