I’ve often said that ministry is too difficult not to do it with friends. But that’s not just true of ministry; it’s true of life, generally speaking. Not a one of us was intended to live without friendship. We need the camaraderie, encouragement, and joy that true friendship provides.
I’m grateful for the many friends God has given me over the course of my life. I am especially thankful for the 6-8 friends in my life that were truly “best friends.” As I write the words “best friends,” my own mind draws up the names and faces of Matt Pierce, Dustin Sartin, and Eric Roberts. These were three of my closest childhood friends. The memories I share with them would be difficult to capture in words. Thinking of them now, I can’t help but smile with a deep sense of gratitude for the investment they made in my life and for the shared history that to this day binds us together.
As we get older, friendships are harder to come by. For starters, we do not have the quantity of time to devote to friendships like we did when we were young. It also requires greater effort and intentionality to build the quality friendships our heart desires.
A few years ago I looked up and realized that I was lonely. I had done a poor job of tending the soil of friendship. I’d let the weeds of busyness and many to-dos’ choke out the deep relationship my heart needed. I confessed this to Christy and several brothers who immediately began praying for me. Since that time, I have rekindled old friendships and formed many new ones, and I am once again experiencing the joy of true friendship.
One of the new friends God gave me during that time was Josh Patrick. As time allowed, we began meeting together, sharing our hearts, and praying for another. Our meetings were few and far between at times, but whenever we connected, we picked up right where we left off. Over the years, friendship with Josh has been natural, real, and nourishing. It’s been just what I needed.
Today I want to invite you into our friendship as Josh comes to preach God’s Word to us. As you sit under his ministry today, I have no doubt that you’ll understand why I love this brother so much. To help you get to know Josh a little better, I asked Josh to give us the skinny about his vocational, family, and personal life. Please check out the bio below.
“Josh Patrick is the Teaching and Discipleship Minister at Harpeth Community Church. Josh is driven by a desire to help people catch the vision that knowing Jesus is the greatest reality in the universe. In addition to preaching at Harpeth’s Sunday worship gatherings, he creates content for discipleship groups, coaches group leaders, and cultivates discipling relationships with men in the church as well as in the community. Josh writes for the Discipleship.org blog and is the co-author of the newly released book, The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (Zondervan). The aim of the book is to equip everyday Christians to passionately participate in the greatest cause on earth – making disciples of Jesus! Josh and his wife, Joni, have three daughters – Lilly, Joy, and Sarah – and a rambunctious Boston Terrier named Bruno.”