Trey Morgan, a great blogger (you need to subscribe), has an excellent post on how men need to have deep, spiritual friendships with other men. It calls to mind a time when I was a “rank and file” member of the North Davis church in Arlington and part of a men’s group that met weekly to discuss their lives and pray for one another. It was one of the highlights of my Christian walk. We discussed the ups and downs of our lives and ended with prayer. It was extremely comforting, encouraging and empowering.
I have a lot of acquaintances, but true men friends are hard to find. In my case, they must be willing to try to be as open and honest as as I do…no pretense, no facades, everything on the table. Everything that’s said needs to be held in confidence.
Men (especially West Texas men) are taught to be independent, tough and invulnerable. And when they are not, to appear as though they are. It can be a lonely existence. I am fortunate to have such a friend right here in my town.