S05E040, Phone a Friend… Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S05E037, You’re Greater Than You Think You Are! Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E035, “You’ve got a 6th sense”… Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E034, Watching and Actively Waiting, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E033, Cogs, Bings, Engineers and me, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E032, Weaker by the turn… Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E031, Springs, Bins and Sensors, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E030, Halloween – Good or Bad?!? Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E029, Trinity in the Wind, Part 3 of 3, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E028, Firefighter Trinity, Part 2 of 3, Andy B 2 Minute
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S05E027, Swimming Pool Trinity, Part 1 of 3, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E026, Doing Nothing on Purpose, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S05E026, Doing Nothing on Purpose, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S05E025, The Gift That Isn’t, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E024, Push or Pull? Andy B 2 Minute Video
S05E024, Push or Pull? Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S05E023, Splinters and Infections, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E022, The Power of Friends, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E021, Wood, Trees and Blindness, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E020, Weather Forecasts and Wet Faces Part 2, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E019, Weather Forecasts and Wet Faces Part 1, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E018, Toilet Seat Hinges, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E017, Just Stand Still! Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E016, Take 5!!!, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S05E016, Take 5!!!, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S05E015, A Little Bit Cheeky… Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E014, Helpers are Helpful! Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E013, Standing on the Rock of Rocks! Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E012, Say What?!? Andy B 2 Minute Video
S05E012, Say What?!? Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S05E011, Excitement is Exciting!!! Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E010, Am I Imagining It? Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E009, Busy, Full or Just Right? Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E008, Positively or Negatively Charged? Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E007, Shaking, Standing, Sitting, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E006, Stuck In The Middle With You, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E005, Where Did That Come From? Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E004, Hope Never Disappoints! Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E003, Do Your Part! Andy B 2 Minute Video
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S05E002, Keyboards, Errors and Change, Andy B 2 Minute Video
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Let's Go!

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘phone a friend’? While it may have been made more widely known by a popular British TV quiz show, I’ve used it and heard it for many years before that. The meaning is fairly simple – when you get stuck, you contact someone who may know more.

We all need people we can talk to – either as some form of a sounding board (I have several people like this who are happy to listen to my Andy B thoughts spilling over) or as someone to whom we make ourselves accountable.

Accountability is hugely important, and a subject for another day: we can’t force people to be made accountable! But we should be allowing ourselves to be made accountable to other people. And it is super important never to exist in a bubble of our own thoughts and feelings. That’s just inviting big and painful trouble: a different perspective can see what we can not.

I was once told by a church minister that he would act like the father I never had. He didn’t ask. He just stated that was happening. But, I had no respect for him - for a wide number of reasons, not least the fact I didn’t know him and was happily married when he ‘gave’ his advice. Needless to say I ran a mile and didn’t look back!

We need to exercise wisdom when sharing personal facts and feelings: as Christians we should always be open about our lives with the people we meet, but it is also important to create and enforce righteous and appropriate boundaries too – Jesus did this all the time, and that’s worth paying attention to, very much!

Be wise and righteously cultivate a few friends you feel safe talking to and make yourself accountable to them. Wise counsel doesn’t come cheap, but it’s extremely precious!

And, remember, you never have to surrender personal information that you’re uncomfortable with sharing, especially with strangers and people we don’t yet know well. They might attend a church, or even wear a dog collar, but let’s share our lives appropriately, and carefully: dog collars can be faked, and church is full or broken people just like you and me.

Just a thought...

Andy B

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[00:00:00] So another Andy B 2 Minute Video, and I was thinking about the importance of Phoning a Friend. Now that comes from a very well known British TV program, kind of quiz show thing, and Phone a Friend was one of the things that you could do to get help as you were answering the questions that you were asked.

[00:00:24] But yesterday I phoned a friend. I said, can I have a chat with you? He's actually a really good friend of mine from the US, and I just needed to, to bounce some ideas at him. And it's it's really good when we can do that. And I prayed and I thought, Okay, this is the guy I need to speak to. And I was able to share with him something that is quite important and relevant that I don't just wanna talk about to every body.

[00:00:44] So it was really good that I could call him and, and we had a great chat and I was able to share some stuff and it's like, that's what I've specifically been praying for. That wording, that's, that's what I was praying for, which was amazing.

[00:00:55] And then he shared some stuff and I was able to pray for some stuff in his life. And [00:01:00] that whole interaction's encouraged me. It's lifted me. This is a guy I've never met, who lives in America, and we're, you know, I, I count him a really good friend. Because he's a good brother in Christ. He's a man who loves Jesus Christ. And his passion, and his heart, is encouraging others. It's, it's sharing that light of Jesus.

[00:01:19] As I phoned him, as I chatted with him, okay, it was, it was a video call. As we chatted it was really encouraging just to speak to somebody who, who cares about my family as I care about his.

[00:01:30] We all need people that we can talk to, that we can call upon. Maybe you're, you're married and you've got your wife, your, your husband you can talk to.

[00:01:41] Maybe it's one of your children. They've grown up and they, they're someone that you trust.

[00:01:46] Maybe it's the minister of your church. It might be your line manager at work. But we all need people that we can talk to because, as people, we are designed by God to be in community with others. The [00:02:00] religious version of that is, as Christians, we need to have fellowship. Just, literally, time with other believers. That's basically the essence of church, but that fellowship is really important.

[00:02:12] So next time you think I need to talk about some't, phone a friend and get some advice. And it's always encouraging when we can do that, and then we were able to help them as much as they help us. It's a good feeling!

[00:02:29] Just a thought.

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Comments

This post currently has 6 responses.

  1. davidsdailydose

    15/11/2022 at 11:53

    Amen! “Stretch the circle wider,” is a phrase I often repeat to myself. It says somewhere in the Bible, “ With and an abundance of counselors there is victory.” The old saying is true, “Too many cooks spoil the stew,” but two few can as well. Blessings, brother!

    • The BerryBunch

      16/11/2022 at 12:35

      Very much agree with you David! All 5 of us making a piece of toast is a bit dat…but a last minute meal is so much easier with many willing hands!

      Wisdom is knowing how far to stretch that circle…

      Andy B

  2. Alan Kearns

    16/11/2022 at 00:44

    I can relate to this Andy, I too have been blessed by the counsel of friends in Christ in the UK and other parts of the world. God is good bringing brethren together in Him!

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