I have been fortunate to experience the incredible power of a good friend. The kind of good friend I am referring to is the kind that brings the best out in us. It isn’t always pleasant, as we have to stretch beyond familiar comfort zones, but a good friend makes the journey so much easier.
My best friend and mentor died recently, unexpectedly. I am over the grieving, and things are back to normal. What’s amazing is how he still fills my life. I catch myself quoting him, thinking like him, acting like him.
His gift of friendship is still alive. In fact, I appreciate him more now than I did when I was alive, as sad as that is as I sit here typing this. He would understand though.
My friend also introduced me to God. He lived it really. I watched. I learned. His relationship with God was as real as our friendship. Today, I experience that same alive relationship with a personal, alive, loving God – who stretches me, and makes the journey so much easier, powerful, wonderful.
We know what a friend can do. Many don’t know what God can do.
I stumbled across the video below. What struck me was the belief that one friend had in the other, and how that made all the difference. I would encourage us to check out what God can do.
Check it out.
Thanks for stopping by,
~ Ted Olson
Opera Duo Charlotte & Jonathan – Britain’s Got Talent 2012 Audition