The Character of a Genuine Friend

Jun 4, 2014 by



When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.   ~Henri Nouwen

What would people say about you in regards to the above quote?

Loyalty, honesty, dedication, commitment, trustworthy, and respect are all great words.

We often hear those words used in a variety of relationships, whether friendship, leadership, work-related, or neighbors.

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Lean On Me

Oct 28, 2013 by


The old song goes Lean On Me when you need a friend. It is so true for all of us. If we are still breathing, we need one another. It really is all about relationships. In this video a tortoise is on its back, ever been there? How many times in our lives have we been there? Many times…all of us. But as the video continues there is a second tortoise that comes along and helps.

We are not intended to do life by ourselves. In fact the philosopher, and considered the wisest man ever, Solomon says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help him or her up.”

Some days we are like the tortoise on his back and in need of someone to come along and help. Some days we need to be like the tortoise who comes along and sticks out his snout to help turn our friend back upright and nudge them along on the right path.2tortoises2

Watch this video.

  • Which tortoise are you more like today?
  • How can you come alongside a friend and be a friend to help?
  • Who do you need to contact and know they will come help you get back upright and on your way in this journey of life?




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Reposted from 11/8/12: True Friendships

Aug 13, 2013 by


This is a post on our blog from November 8, 2012. Thought it would be a great one to revisit. Make relationships count.

Like so many I try to find a place away from the office for study, planning, writing blogs like this, etc. I have a few spots I have found that are wonderful for me, but that is for another blog.

One time where I was sitting there was a group of retired men sitting around enjoying a drink and having conversation. They were close to me so guess I was eavesdropping, but anyone within 20 feet of them could easily hear these guys. They were having a great time.

They talked religion, politics, along with going around the world and back on topics. They laughed with and at each other, knew when and where to lay a dig on one of them, and gave the old “cheap shot” that only friends are allowed to give each other.

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