When I was growing up, my parents cared about who my friends were. In hindsight, I’m grateful for this now. At the time, I didn’t always understand. Actually, I was often frustrated by their insistence to know whose house I would be at, who would be there, would the parents be home, etc, etc.

I didn’t understand, at the time, what a role friends play in shaping one’s character.

Because of my parents’ insistence I was able to stay out of a lot of trouble that many of my friends created for themselves.

Those of you who are parenting right now, keep track of your kids and who they hang out with. It will pay off!

FRIENDS! What a great blessing they are, and what a challenge they can be.

Job’s “friends” were a challenge. On Sunday, we will look at a big section of the book of Job, chapters 3-28 which involved 3 cycles of discourse between Job and his friends. They mock him, belittle him, and blame him for all the suffering that has come upon him.

I wonder what would have happened if they had just kept a lot of their thoughts to themselves. And instead of speculating about unknown things, what if they had only spoken about known things?

Think about this next time you have the opportunity to speak (or not to speak and merely be present) with a friend who is going through a difficult time.

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