That is the chorus of my new country song.
Recently my wife and I went through a great exercise from our friend Jennie Allen (Dream Guide), where we took some time to look at the last year and the upcoming year to decide the areas we want to make changes. One of the key areas for us was friendships.
Over the past few years, I’ve had plenty of work to do with Catalyst. Matter of fact, it’s been an amazing amount of work. I would even say that about a year ago, I felt the Lord tugging on my heart to re-prioritize some key relationships because I’ve worked so hard. I really felt like my closest friends have gotten my third or fourths over the past few years. Making time for them was more of a challenge than getting all the work done I needed to.
However, busyness doesn’t grow friendships. Ever.
Time and care build friendships. And Golf. Well that’s just for me, but we all need those things. Friendship building type things. They grow your friendships and bring life to them.
I’m writing this on the way back from two days of freezing on the lake with two of my best buddies in life. I caught ONE stinking fish. And Steve caught 20. It was life-giving. We talked about life and marriages and the Lord. We talked about frustrations and struggles. And it was awesome and needed in the middle of our crazy spring season.
I’m fully aware that our spouses and kids need that same level of investment. That’s a post for another day because that’s non-negotiable. But for today, I’m talking friendships.
Who do you need to take a day off and go sit in a boat with for a day? Which of your close friends has gotten your leftovers?
Make a plan to have lunch or hit the driving range with a friend in the next 14 days. You can thank me later.
Let’s give our relationships THE BEST OF YOU, NOT THE REST OF YOU.