Jordan’s eyes lit up. Twenty-two notifications. Three friend requests. Even one personal message! The hum of conversation and clicking of keyboards in the internet cafe fainted around him as he gazed at his computer screen. With these new friends, his total edged over nine hundred.
Only two of the notifications were actual responses to Jordan’s status. The rest were invites and requests to like fan pages. Changing over to Twitter, his eleven hundred followers were going to love his next tweet. He’d been thinking of it all day and had it down perfect. He typed with confidence and a slight smirk on his face. If this didn’t get favorited, nothing would.
Two hours slipped by as he streamed through hundreds of tweets and status updates, looked through pictures of family on vacation, and attempted to find more people to friend. Finally, when his attention left the screen and swept the room around him, he observed a dozen other people doing the same thing. Noses inches from their computer. Nobody noticed him sitting alone in the corner.
He closed the laptop, packed it up, and started on the short trek home. A heaviness had weighed in on him. Never had he felt so lonely. Jordan passed by a large group of teens laughing. Across the street, two women sped down the sidewalk talking as fast as they were walking.
He fumbled for the light switch in his apartment and then sunk into his brown leather sofa. He scrolled through his phone contacts looking for anybody to talk to. Everybody he called didn’t answer. His head fell back against the cushion, and he sobbed.
A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 NASB
Take time to stop and consider how many TRUE friends you have. Those that you can count on no matter what. Those that truly care and love you for who you are. You probably don’t have too many. But even just one can make the difference. If you need a good friend, you must be one first. Are you?