Like my food, I want my friends to be seasoned with salt. Wisely compassionate and yet speaking the truth. Sure, I enjoy a good laugh and a smile, but without sounding too much like Dr. Seuss, I wonder, what if friendship… perhaps… means a little bit more?
John Piper writes, “Christian friendships exist for this: to say things that keep each other believing.”
I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it a thousand times more. We’re not here to live self-centered lives, we’re here to live Christ-centered lives. We’re here to encourage each other, but more importantly to strengthen the faith of our friends. Friendships give us the opportunity to have deep discussions, where we listen and learn from each other, while at the same sharing the truth of God’s word.
The best friends aren’t the ones who pander to us, they’re the ones who sharpen us, and yet somehow, they do it without a sharp tongue.
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Tilling the Soil
Consider small ways to encourage your friends this week.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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The Time-Warp Wife