On January 31, 1919 Jackie Rbinson, the 1st black man to ever play in major league baseball, was born!
Matthew 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. #Bible http://j.mp/o3ozr0
Western novelist Stephen Bly says that in the old days of America’s Old West there were two types of friends (and horses): runners and standers. At the first sign of trouble, the runner would bolt — abandoning you to whatever peril you were facing. But a stander would stick with you no matter the circumstances. Unfourtunately, you wouldn’t know which kind of friend you had until trouble came. And then it was too late — unless your friend was a stander.
Rather than being concerned with what kind of friends we have, however, we ought to consider what kind of friends we are. In the final days of Paul’s ministry, as he awaited death, some who had ministered with him turned into runners and abandoned him to face execution alone. In his last letter, he listed some (like Demas) who had run off, then simply stated, “Only Luke is with me” (2 Timothy 4:11). Luke was a stander. While undoubtedly disappointed by those who has deserted him, Paul must have been deeply comforted to know he was not alone.
Proverbs tells us that “a friend loves at all times” (17:17). During times of adversity, we needs friends we can rely on. When the people we know face trouble, what kind of friend will we be — a runner or a stander? -Bill Crowder
Dear Lord, help us to be the kind of friend who doesn’t run when our friends are in need. Give us the courage to stand by them, the wisdom to know what to say, and the ability to serve them. Amen.
A true friend stands with us in times of trial.
“A friend loves at all time, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Read Timothy 4:9-18
Inspiration courtesy of: Our Daily Bread