My friend and I were traveling together, and he seemed a bit frazzled. When we got to the airport, he forgot to have his identification readily available and couldn’t find his record locator number. The ticket agent waited patiently, smiled, and then helped him at the “self” check-in. After receiving his ticket, he asked, “Where do I go next?” The agent smiled again, pointed at me, and said to him, “Stay close to your friend.”
That can be good advice for all of us when our lives get frazzled—stay close to your friends. Although Jesus is our best friend, we also need relationships with fellow believers to help us survive in this life.
In his first epistle, Peter was writing to believers who needed one another because they were suffering persecution for their faith. In a few short sentences in chapter 4, Peter mentioned the need to receive and give “fervent love,” prayer, and hospitality (vs 7-9). He also included the need for believers to use their spiritual gifts to minister to one another (vs 10). In other passages, we’re encouraged to comfort each other with the comfort we’ve been given by God (2 Cor. 1:3-4) and to build each other up in love (1 Thess. 5:11).
When life gets difficult and we get frazzled, staying close to our Christian friends will help us to get through. Who do you have in your life that is a friend that helps you when life seems to unravel?