J.R. Briggs

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  • Who said: ‘Show me your friends and I will show you your future’?

    August 5, 2009

    Several months ago I switched my blog provider from Typepad (which costs money) to WordPress (which is free). You can blame the move primarily on the recession. WordPress has been a good new virtual home for me. It’s admin dashboard features allow me to see hits per day/week/month, referrers and searches that people have made who ended up viewing my blog. Ironically enough the most popular/most regular search over the past several months that has ushered people to my blog has been:

    [   who said: “Show me your friends and I will show you your future”  ]

    A few hundred of these searches have been made. For those of you who don’t know the context of this, a while back I was asked by David C Cook publishers (a solid Christian publishing house in Colorado Springs) to submit a short essay for a compilation book for high school and college graduates called What We Way to Say to Grads. (Click here to read about it). My essay happened to make it in the book along with the Jonas Brothers, Natasha Bedingfield, David Crowder, Vince Gill, Matt Redman and Amy Grant.

    Apparently the book has done well for Cook as it released right around graduation time this past spring. Since so many have searched the internet to find out who said the wise statement – “You show me your friends and I’ll show you your future” – so I’ll scratch where the proverbial blogosphere is itching.

    Here’s the story…

    I was a high schooler in the the youth group at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA when one Sunday morning our youth pastor, Randy Draughon, invited the pastoral care pastor at the church, John Kuebler, in to teach. I don’t remember much of what he said that morning, but I’ll never forget that one statement he said. John was not known for his charasmatic speaking. But he was wise, a no-nonsense kind of guy, a former Miami detective with one of the wittiest and driest senses of humor my family had ever come across.  I haven’t talked with him in over a decade. I have no idea where he is or what he is doing now. But that morning he said something that rang my bell, God bless him. And I’ve not forgotten it.

    So to answer your question: John Kuebler said that wise quote.

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Recent Comments

  • Lisa said...


    Interesting–I searched this today. I heard it on “18 Kids and Counting” and wondered if it was from Bill Gothard [I hoped not!!] as it’s so true….

    10/27/09 10:52 AM | Comment Link

  • KJ said...


    Dr. Huxtable said that line to Theo on “The Cosby Show”.

    02/1/10 6:39 PM | Comment Link

  • Rosemarie said...


    My 80 year old husband repeats this quote often and he heard it from his father who was born in Italy.

    06/28/11 7:04 PM | Comment Link

  • She said...


    I guess w/age DOES come wisdom

    07/16/11 12:11 AM | Comment Link

  • Lorraine Kerbow said...


    WOW…and wow
    This is so true, whoever came up with this great quote!

    08/22/12 11:01 AM | Comment Link

  • Al Jones said...


    A must for anyone writing something special in a graduate’s celebration card – it’s worth more than the money added to it!

    01/26/13 8:39 PM | Comment Link

  • Charmides said...


    The maxim is a modern rendering of ancient wisdom. Euripides wrote in his play “Phoenix” (of which only fragments survive) that “Every man is like the company he keeps.”

    05/1/13 5:15 PM | Comment Link

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