In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us; In Adversity We Know Our Friends

The test of a true friend is where they stand during our times of need and adversity. The English writer and literary critic John Churton Collins knew this well.

“In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.” – John Churton Collins, English Literary Critic

Although this truth is not in the Bible, we do find in the Bible that a friend loves at all times, and that a brother is born for adversity. This takes the idea of friendship and brotherly love to much higher level. Yes, like Collins says, friends will stay by us in good and bad times. But in the Book of Proverbs we see that the purpose of a true brother or sister is to be there in times of adversity; it is what we are born to do.

I encourage us all to be good friends to each other, and to be brothers and sisters to each other, and to stick with each other in both good times and bad.

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Prepare For the Worst, Hope For the Best

Today’s quote is a popular English proverb about preparation. This is common sense, and very wise counsel, but is it Biblical?

“Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.” – Anonymous English Proverb

Whether it is explicitly stated or not, Paul lived by the motto of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best (which was that he, and those to whom he preached, would be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven). We do however see it explicitly his teachings to the Thessolonians and Ephesians.

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All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

The quote “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” is an old English proverb expressing the idea that if we focus our lives solely on work, then we become dull and boring. It was made famous in modern times largely due to the Stephen King book and movie “The Shining”.

The Bible teaches us that there are times when we should refrain from work, but for completely different reasons: to worship God and to refresh ourselves.

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