Proverbs 18:24 (NLT)
There are “friends” who destroy each other,
but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 20:6 (NLT)
Many will say they are loyal friends,
but who can find one who is truly reliable?
Last week I traveled to beautiful San Diego for a girls trip with my friend Tiffani. We have been amigas for going on 26 years, and wanted to celebrate! We met when we were 7, and while those details are fuzzy to me, she can recall that day verbatim. While I may not remember exactly how it all started, one thing I know for sure is that I am thankful to have her in my life! It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, and we have some major differences, but through thick and thin we have been there for each other.
As time goes on I have a deeper appreciation for the value of a true friend. Friendships, like all relationships, are fragile and need to be tended to. As growth and maturity occur, it becomes more about the quality, not the quantity, and I’m incredibly fortunate to have a solid group of women I can count on. Some have entered my life more recently, and there are those I can share elementary and middle school memories with. I appreciate these ladies at whatever point our paths crossed, because, like us all, I’ve experienced the deep hurt, disappointment and betrayal that may come when a friendship ends. It’s not always easy, but I know that with my Father’s guidance and wisdom there is always a lesson to be learned. With the fragility of life and relationships, I don’t take the special bond I have with these individuals for granted!
This trip was a refreshing reminder of the wonderful things that can come from being willing to make a connection with someone, and making the decision to put forth the effort in maintaining that connection. As much as I value what my friends contribute to my life, I must continue to seek the Lord in discovering ways I can be a better friend to them as well. Being loyal, trustworthy, and dependable is a wonderful way to reflect God’s love, and to have that reciprocated by those you surround yourself with is a blessing!!
I’d love to hear from you.
What do you value most about your friends?
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!! :)