Sunday, July 22, 2007

Questions


The following questions are from The Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley. They are directed toward men but anyone could benefit from them.

Perhaps you have several close friends or maybe you have none. Or, more likely, you know many men, but you are not sure just how deep the waters run. Reflect on these questions and see if you have gone far enough to develop some genuine friends.

1. When things go sour and you really feel lousy, do you have a friend you can tell?
___ Yes ___ No

2. Do you have a friend you can express any honest thought to without fear of appearing foolish?
___ Yes ___ No

3. Do you have a friend who will let you talk through a problem without giving you advice? That will just be a sounding board?
___ Yes ___ No

4. Will your friend risk your disapproval to suggest you may be getting off track in your priorities?
___ Yes ___ No

5. Do you have a friend who will take the risk to tell you that you are sinning? Or using poor judgment?
___ Yes ___ No

6. If you had a moral failure, do you know that your friend would stand with you?
___ Yes ___ No

7. Is there a friend with whom you feel you are facing life together? A friend to talk over the struggles of life which are unique to men?
___ Yes ___ No

8. Do you have a friend you believe you can trust, that if you share confidential thoughts, they will stay confidential?
___ Yes ___ No

9. When you are vulnerable and transparent with your friend, are you convinced he will not think less of you?
___ Yes ___ No

Heavy stuff isn't it. I don't find quick answers for many of the questions. I want friends like that but they aren't easy to come by. My biggest problem is believing that I'm not wasting someone else's time. I'm glad when someone presses beyond that and invades my life. I also hope that I can be a good friend to others.

Philip

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