The Short List

Do you have a short list of friends you could call upon for help no matter what time of day or night?

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It’s 2:30 am. I just got in. I need to go to bed, but I need to share something with you first.

Around 10:30 tonight, I got a text from a friend. He had some burdens he needed to share. He needed… a friend.

At the time he texted me, I was in the middle of co-hosting a live event. How could I just drop that? I contacted the other co-host and asked if she could go solo so I could meet with a friend who needed… a friend. She agreed.

Let’s stop right there. I’ve been working with that co-host for years. She knows I wouldn’t flippantly bail out just to socialize over a cup of coffee with a friend. She has been a faithful servant and ministry partner with me since we began this ministry. She never complains – no matter how much work piles up on us. Her unselfish act enabled me to minister to the man that contacted me. Even though she did not know any specifics, she offered to help.

I met my friend at IHOP. We talked for nearly four hours. I didn’t (and couldn’t) solve all of his problems. But I could listen. I could sympathize.

Question – do you have a short list of friends you could call upon for help no matter what time of day or night and no matter for what purpose? Or do you think nothing like that will ever happen in your life that would require that kind of friend?

I’m sure there’s plenty of folks that you can call upon to socialize or otherwise entertain one another. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about someone you could call when your life seems to be unraveling and there seems to be nothing you can do about it. What if you told your best friend your deepest darkest secret? Would they drop you like a hot potato? If so, that’s not the kind of friend I’m talking about.

How do you find that kind of friend?

By BEING that kind of friend!

But how?

If you’re not part of a small group bible study at a bible believing local church, I suggest you find one – THIS SUNDAY!

If you are part of a small group bible study at a bible believing church and you don’t have that kind of fellowship – then I suggest you make some changes. If your small group is limited to an academic study of scripture – I think you’re missing something – a lot actually. You can read and study at home alone. The fellowship bonds of trust that are nurtured in small group bible study are priceless – whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of ministry.

I know so, because I’ve been on both sides.


That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.

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Author: Mark Prasek

Christian Technologist. Find me on Twitter @DataGenesis

2 thoughts on “The Short List”

  1. Thank you for a exceptionally insightful post Mark. I think we all need a friend from time to time. But I also agree to get a friend, you must first be one. Thankyou, again for a great post.

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