Dr. Tracy Reynolds, Director of the School of Christian Ministries at Emmanuel College, gives us an insight into the man Chris Maxwell. His relationship with Chris is similar to the one that David had with Jonathan, the son of king Saul. I know from living to be 84 that relationships are what is really most important in life. We all need a friend to whom we can share our hearts, and who will keep our confidence.
When I was in the 7th or 8th grades I remember telling my father one day that I had no friends. I was really asking him to help me know how to make friends. My dad's immediate response came from the Bible. He quoted, "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24, KJV). His response led me to action, and I began to make friends by being friendly.
My father was right. When we read the Bible and carry out in our lives what it teaches good things happen. I am learning to include more people in my life. Every person is unique and valuable to God. I know both men in this article, but not as well as I would like to know them.