I’ve been reflecting on some of the relationships I’ve had over the years, and I’ve been reminded what true friendship can mean. Over 30 years ago I shared, in a meeting of business associates, that I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that if I picked up the phone and called the leader of that organization, Jerry, and said, “I don’t have time to explain, but I need you to be in Los Angeles by morning. It’s a matter of life and death,” that if it were at all possible he would have been there. I also have a former boss that, though we haven’t worked together in nearly 20 years, I believe would still do the same for me today.
What makes for those kinds of relationships? The first word that comes to my mind is LOYALTY. If you want to expect loyalty you need to give loyalty. I told that meeting over 30 years ago that the reason I knew Jerry would be there for me is because he knew I would do the same for him. I also know that my former boss of nearly 20 years ago knows that, still today, I would be there for him if he ever needed me. That boss from nearly 20 years ago was my pastor, but when we met he said he would be my friend, first, and my pastor second. And, he proved true to his word, and so earned my loyalty. So, how do you get friends like that? It’s simple. BE A FRIEND LIKE THAT!