Monday was a really good day for me. My dad came to town and the family got to eat lunch with him. Then a good friend of mine, Matthew Breeden was passing through town so he stopped for awhile to get caught up. He and his wife along with some other friends of ours are traveling the country raising support for a church plant that launches sometime in June. They even drove out of their way a little bit to come see me. We had a blast just getting caught up on life and chatting about the exciting things God is doing in his life.
I respect Matt. I always have… even in college. Matt went on to get his masters degree in biblical counseling after undergrad. I went on and got married and became a student minister. One thing I noticed about Matt this Monday was… he’s a great counselor. He asks all the right questions. We need friends like that. Friends that know the right questions to ask… and aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. I can’t say how much I needed his questions. His presence was great… but the things he said… spoke to my heart.
We all have different types of friends. Friends that we minister to. Friends that minister to us. Friends that we can make laugh. Friends that make us laugh. Friends that encourage our procrastination. Friends that motivate us to live for today. Bottom line… we all need friends. Solomon tells us to be careful who those friends are in the book of Proverbs.
I’m so thankful for friends like Matt and Michelle. Friends that encourage me and hopefully I encourage them. They’re headed to Austin to start a church this summer. Please remember to keep them in your prayers and go check them out on the web @ http://www.southernhillslife.org. They’re gonna rock Austin for Jesus.
Who is that friend in your life that knows exactly how and when to encourage you?
Call them up today… tell them thank you.
This post is dedicated to ALL my 3rd Floor Smith brothers. Where ever you are whatever you’re doing… I hope you’re rockin it for Jesus.