Being Known: Weekly One Hour Conversation with a Friend
By: Tom Grosh IV, DMin
October 10, 2019
"Friendships will make or break your life. " — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction
Shifting from daily to weekly habits sends me to the trellis/calendar to chart out next steps. No doubt a one hour conversation with a friend provides an opportunity for accountability, including the practice of Scripture Before Smartphone. But how much time, emotional energy, and depth of character do I have for real friendship? What is the ROI? Justin Whitmel Earley does not refrain from wrestling with the issues at hand.
- How do you define friendship?
- Give an example of how a friendship has blessed your life.
- Give an example of how you have blessed the life of another through friendship.
- Who in your life asks (and you feel the responsibility to sincerely answer), “Is there anything you aren’t telling me?”
- What is dark, i.e., requiring “light,” in your life?
- Have you ever confessed that you were not telling the truth to your closest friend(s) or had a friend confess to you? How did the conversation and next steps play out?
I cannot shake from my mind Justin Whitmel Earley assertion, “The slant of modern life is to become busy people who used to have friends.” My observation is that this is all too true in professional education, professional life, the broad American way of the life, and cultural Christianity. Do find yourself too busy (or becoming too busy) for true, vulnerable friendships during this stage of life? If so, how can you adjust your commitments of time, energy, and resources?
Yes, one has seasons of focus which require more attention to study, work, and/or family, but beware of how habits, relationships and lifestyles are reshaped when what one anticipated to be a short season extends over weeks, months, years, and even decades. Perseverance relies upon cultivating a “life where you know and are known by those closest to you.” “The darkness rages in us, but honest conversation is a practice of light.” Let us not only courageously embrace the weekly habit of One Hour Conversation with a Friend, but also invite others to do likewise.
To God be the glory!
Forgive us for when we have sought worldly ways and success at the cost of friendship(s). Help us to see by your light that we are not alone in the darkness of our struggles. Fill us with joy and thankfulness that you are present with us each step of the way, even the most challenging ones. Grant us the courage to live vulnerable lives before you and with those you have called to press through daily life with us.