Today, I tried to ask myself what is the connecting point between the two things I want to talk about today. The topic I’m discussing is practical wisdom, and today we are looking at the topic – Friendship and Money, and it’s been quite tough for my mind to wrap around both concepts in one topic, then it hit me! What they have in common is leverage.
What is leverage? What is friendship and what is money? The dictionary defines these words as follows.
A good definition of leverage would be to use (a quality or advantage) to obtain a desired effect or result.
A friend is a person attached to another person by feelings of affection or personal regard.
Money is any article or substance used as a medium of exchange, measure of wealth, or means of payment, as checks on demand deposit or cowrie.
Leverage is an advantage, and these two key elements make for a good advantage, and it’s wisdom to have the right friends, and to know how to handle money. Proverbs is full of wisdom on how to make, keep and influence friends, and how to make, keep and spend money.
It’s a pleasure to learn.
The first shocking thing I realised about friendship is how much impact our friends have on our future. In very simple terms, your destination in life could be wise or utter destruction depending on the company you keep. The shortest distance between any two locations, is the good company we keep. Proverbs 13:20 says –“He that works with the wise, would be wise, but a companion of fools will be destroyed”. It really is that simple.
What beats me completely however is realising that Jesus did not come to the earth to start a religion, but to build relationships with humanity. He came to make friends. He was called a glutton, a drunkard, a friend of sinners and tax collectors. Jesus was always found in company, opening the door to the sick, the lame and the blind. He was here for the lost sheep, the lost coin and those who need friends in high places. Salvation is a relationship.