For Sunday March 27, 2022:
Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Comedian Milton Berle once quipped, “You know you’re getting older when it takes more time to recover than it did to tire out.”
As we age, our energy doesn’t seem to go as far. But we do grow in wisdom, love, and maturity. Our goal should be to expand our circle of influence, to reach out to more people, and to share Christ with our generation and the next.
In other words, our address books shouldn’t shrink with age. Sometimes it’s easy to bury our old friends without making new ones, but how wonderful to let the joy of Jesus shine through us, whatever our age. How wonderful to make new friends as long as we live.
One man smelled good whenever and wherever he was. His very body seemed to exude a pleasant fragrance. His secret was working in a perfume factory, where he breathed the aromas every day. He became a walking perfumery.
That should happen to Christians. We’re different ages and we all have diverse personalities, but at any age we should be so permeated by the joy of the Lord that we can’t help but share it with all we meet.
[The apostle Paul’s] friends came in all ages and backgrounds,
and he seems to have taken great care to cultivate them.