A major highlight of my life and story is rooted in soul-ties. Shortly after reading that Jonathan eliminated a multitude of enemy soldiers with a smidgen of help from his armor-caddy (1 Sam. 14:14), and then David’s historic victory over the towering Goliath (1 Sam. 17:50) – I find that these two strangers, with similar faith, experience their souls becoming knit together after engaging in their original acquaintanceship.

Translation, they became bros and best friends on day one.

I can attribute this soul tie effect to a gent I consider my best friend. He now lives in Orlando since he left Ohio for a position at Cru headquarters. These past few days I got to visit in Florida to see my sister graduate high school, so the David to my Jonathan made sure we reunited while I was in town.

More than that:

  1. He drove an hour to pick me up
  2. Let me crash at his place for the night before my early morning flight
  3. Gave me a fresh new haircut
  4. Made me coffee and his famous smoothie
  5. Processed life stuff with me
  6. Dropped me off at the airport
  7. For FREE

I believe that we are provided opportunities to receive life-giving soul-ties in the stories that are being written for us by our Author. I can honestly say I love this friend that I have been given the privilege to have a life intersection with. I’ve been given a gift.

11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Mt. 7:11)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

My bro is not just a ridiculous friend to me. He’s one of the most impressive human beings I’ve ever known because of the high-quality friend he is toward everyone in his life. A few weeks before I took this trip, he sent me a sound clip of the very first spoken word project he wrote and recorded. It was phenomenal, brilliant, and poetic. Furthermore, it was for a friend. A friend who was producing an album called “Together”. In all his artistic prowess and finesse, he came up with this idea that he would create this art piece for her to introduce her new album in stunning fashion. Nobody requested this act of kindness and love or prodded it from him. He simply dug into his own artistic heart and found a literally perfect idea that he could manifest to honor her and the work she was about to put out. His opening act and her headlining message are designed to promote the reality of God-defined and designed relationships and community. That influences, sharpens, and motivates me just to see from the outside looking in, him doing something like that. And that is what true friendship hinges on, influencing each other’s growth.

We need these relationships. Our God lives in community and has wired us for amazing, joy-jolting friendships in his image. Embrace the message of Together and recognize the soul-ties that may have already been placed in your life. Cherish and revel in the gifts that they are. And if you haven’t experienced this yet, be on the lookout and in the pursuit, because there’s nothing like a good friend to do this crazy life with. Together.

Chad Painter

Chad Painter

I'm a Career Consultant and Middle School Ministry Direction in Cleveland attending Eternity Bible College online.
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