You only meet your once in a lifetime friend… once in a lifetime. (From the Little Rascals cartoon)

The little rascals, like a lot of other childhood gangs (in the good sense) probably thought their friendships would last forever. Perhaps, some of them did continue into their adult years. But, in reality, very few have experienced more than one or two friendships that lasted into adulthood. Such relationships are to be treasured because the mutual benefit of having friends is priceless.

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).