Don’t Be Teflon (Friending – Day Four Devotional)

By Kevin Haugen

A man of many companions may come to ruin, bet there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

Teflon is a material used to help make “non-stick” pots and pans for cooking. The advantage of having teflon is that pans are easier to wash clean when the food doesn’t stick. While teflon is great for cooking, it’s horrible for friendships. Sometimes people are so afraid of getting hurt by others that they never open up about how they are truly doing. In a sense, they spray teflon on themselves with the thought that their life might be a little less messy. However, it’s actually a good thing for friends to stick together.

Loneliness is everywhere.  Many people feel cut off and alienated from others.  Being in a crowd just makes people more aware of their isolation.  The average user on Facebook has around 300 friends. But, of all our “friends” on social media, how many can we call in time of crisis? We all need friends who will stick close, listen, care and offer help when it is needed in good times and bad.  Friends encourage each other.  They seek to build up, not tear down.  It is better to have one such friend than dozens of superficial acquaintances.  Instead of simpling wishing you could find a true friend, seek to become one.  There are people who need your friendship.  Ask God to reveal them to you, and then take on the challenge of being a true friend.

What can I do today?

This devotional is purposefully shorter than previous ones because I want you to take the next 2 minutes and text 3 people something encouraging. You don’t have to be weird to build someone up. Text a verse. Text a encouragement. Text a joke. Text a “thank you.” The important thing is that you invest in the relationships closest to you and become someone who encourages others.

 


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