“ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend…”
My wife and I recently returned from a weekend to the beach in celebration of our wedding anniversary. Upon the obligatory reboot of the laptop, I found myself faced with a lengthy series of friend requests from my FaceBook account.

Now, I’m not into accumulating a plethora of friends or seeking out others for an notch on the belt of social networking.

What was interesting to me in all of this was the diverse nature of the situation. Among the requests were: the personal manager of a top selling musical artist (he & I had a professional friendship in a previous life), an old friend from college who I had not seen or heard from in nearly 25 years, a 13-year old girl from our church youth group, a wife who has recently joined our Sunday School class and a single lady in her 30’s who has volunteered for us for years.

This may not seem that odd to you, but to me it amazes me at how broad my life has become. If social networking serves no other purpose, it should allow us to see that our lives are certainly not lived in isolation. George Bailey would have a “hay-day”…

Don’t you wish you could gather all of your FaceBook friends together in one place? For some, it would be a coffee shop, others might want to reserve an auditorium and a few of us might require Texas Stadium.

I think it would be life-changing for the 13-year old girl who loves music to meet the artist manager. What if the college friend compared notes with the new found acquaintance? They could give a witness to where my life was and what it has now become. A microcosm of my life: over 750 friends representing all economic, social, racial and even religious circles from all over the country and across the world. All with one common denominator…me. Surely there is some worth in that! There is for me…as I have been granted a daily reminder of those that God has ordained my life to intersect.

So…what is the value of being a friend?

Wally Decker

Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983.

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Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983. MON-FRI 1P-3P, SUN 6A-10A wdecker@wbfj.fm