A Mountain of a Man

Natural and Sincere Best Man speech – 3-4 minutes

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

I just want to tell you a quick story. I want to tell you why I’m so honored to call this man my best friend. I just want to give you a glimpse of why I know he’s going to take care of Linda like no man ever could. So just bear with me. I won’t be long.

The story goes back to the late 2000s. I was sitting alone at home. I was depressed and drowning my sorrows a little too much, if you know what I mean. My life was spinning out of control.

I had just lost my job and my wife was sick. She was fighting an uphill battle against breast cancer and I could see the deep toll it was taking on her.

Then the market crashed. Our bills started piling up. Collectors started calling and we quickly burned through our savings.

Looking back now, I can honestly say that I was terrified. That’s when Gary really stepped up as a friend. He had seen me deteriorating and decided enough was enough! Every day, three times a day he would call to check on me. I mean, sometimes he would physically show up to check on me!

One day he looked me in the eyes and said, “Andre, it’s long past time for you to get yourself together, man. I understand that you’ve been through a lot but as a friend, I’m here to tell you that you can either spend the rest of your life digging yourself an early grave or you can make a decision right now that you’re stronger than any challenge that comes your way!”

He touched my shoulder and said, “You’ve got to realize that though this is hard, other men have rebounded from similar situations. Other people have been where you are and they crawled, and kicked and fought their out of it. If they can do it, so can you!”

Right then and there he wrote me a check large enough to pay two month’s mortgage. He promised to help me find a job and kept is his word. Gary pulled him from the dangerous edge of depression and lifted me back into a position that I could be the rock I once was for my wife instead of the quicksand I had become.

He showed me what true passion and purpose in life looked like. He gave me the strength to go out every day until I found another job. And he reminded me of what it meant to have courage and faith. He prayed with me for my wife and was there with us when she finally became cancer free! Gary was a life vest when I was drowning.

I say all of that to say, he is the most solid and secure man I have ever known. He’s patient and he’s positive. He’s reliable. Gary is the personification of hope and the most loyal man I know. He is my best friend and has done more for me than I could ever imagine.

I want to let you know, Linda, and all of your friends and family who are here today, that you couldn’t have made a better choice. I know that he will honor and cherish you. I’m positive that he will not only provide for you but help you provide for yourself. Because that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s a mountain of a man and I know that you are in great hands. Any time he talks about you his eyes just light up. He truly adores you.

Gary, brother. I know that best man speeches are supposed to be funny and tell crazy stories, but I’ve never been successful at telling a joke. I figured now wasn’t the best time to try.

I wish you both all the best and will always be there for you if you ever need me.

Congratulations! I love you both.

 

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