“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Matthew 5:6 CSB
Today is the birthday of a very special friend of mine, Laura. Also a part of this group. She is who drew me back to Christ after I abandoned Him when my Dad died. She thirsts for righteousness. We met in high school. We totaled her parents car one night when we were late for curfew. I get the blame for it because I was arguing with my boyfriend at that time and made us late. We still dispute it to this day. God saved us. We came within inches of an electric pole that would have taken us both out. Apparently He had plans for us.
One of those plans was for our walk with the Lord, one we’re doing together. We lost touch for a few years after college. I was at rock bottom when I called her out of the blue. She met me with grace and love in that conversation. In the time we had not spoken, she had begun a walk with the Lord that has sustained her to this day. I will never forget the first prayer she began to pray for me: that I would have Godly friends that were here. Laura doesn’t live here, she lives in Delaware. At the time, I thought that was the silliest prayer, but now I know, it was the wisest.
Rick Warren used this Zambian quote in a recent devotional:
“When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far.”
The Christian life is a marathon race, if we’re going to run it well, we need to run it together. We need to run it with others who thirst for righteousness. When we are at mile 12 with 14 more miles to go, they are the ones that will help us cross the finish line. They are the ones who will answer the phone with love and grace. They are the ones who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. They are the ones that will know exactly what to pray for you when you don’t know what to pray. They are the ones who know when you need a pat on the back or a kick in the butt. They are the ones who hunger for righteousness, not only in their life, but in yours as well.