Beware the new friend

Excellent reminder.

Grace for my Heart

It’s Narcissist Friday!     

There’s an old saying that has been popular among preachers for generations:

“Beware of those who meet you at the train!”

So many pastors have been given a warm welcome by church members eager to please. They come with food and flowers and offers of help. They are ready to show the pastor and his family the new town and introduce them to the important people. But, after a while, these people become much less friendly. They may even become hostile, criticizing and challenging the pastor.

I have found this to be true in my own life. Those who meet you so graciously at the beginning often have something in mind. They expect that their warm welcome will somehow bond you to them. If, however, you don’t come through, their hearts seem to change easily. Or maybe the novelty wears off. In time they find…

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