Friends Are Few

We finally got around to seeing “The King’s Speech.” I must say, I was totally blown away. I was unprepared for how I would react. I don’t want to ruin anything for those of you who may be reading this, but I don’t think I could say one word that could possibly take away the impact of the movie. “Bertie,” King George VI, is a stutterer. And as one of the liner notes states, “When God couldn’t save the king, the Queen turned to someone who could.”

It is an excellent primer on real friendship; a road that involves pain, embarrassment, faithfulness, forgiveness, and appreciation. I was struck by Geoffrey Rush’s character, Lionel Logue, and his amazing commitment to someone he was nothing like.

It is rare in life that one finds themselves with such a friend. When you do, realize that it may be God himself who has supplied you with this rarest of necessities. Yes, necessities. To live life in full color, in awareness of the tones and hues of our own frailties, all the while developing our own voice through the help of someone who will not be denied, rejected, or discouraged is…life-changing. Just about the time you are ready to quit, that friend will push you along, even if you resist, into that next level of your potential. Someone needs to see it in us. And someone needs to be relentless in seeing that we pursue it. Such is a friend.

“A friend loves at all times,” and when a friend loves us through our weaknesses, and despite our objections, we have found that rarest of necessities.

Whom do you have in your royal box (see the movie!)? And in whose box are you?

About Tim Holt

Founding pastor of Seacoast Vineyard Church, Myrtle Beach, SC. Retired January 2021. Pastor to surfers, friends, pastors, etc.
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4 Responses to Friends Are Few

  1. Johnny Johnston says:

    Outstanding Timmy!

  2. timholt says:

    Thanks for reading my ramblings, Johnny.

  3. Blake Graham says:

    I read somewhere that a good litmus test for your real friends is to imagine you had a photograph of yourself in an extremely compromising position – now how many people would you trust with this photograph? I could rattle off three names off the top of my head. Then I realized that I don’t guess most people have three true friends in their lifetime. And I am indeed grateful to God, because I have no idea what I’d do without them. You know that for the last year and a half I’ve been in New York, and schoolwork has kept me from having a social life here – correspondence with those friends is one of a very few things keeping me sane. It’s pretty awesome.

  4. timholt says:

    Thanks for sharing that, Blake. I went through a very difficult span of time a few years back. Like you, I looked around and there were three individuals who pushed their way into my circumstances, and simply asked, “What can we do?”

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