Sure, sure, it seems an easy cop-out to say “friendship.” Cut me some slack, though. I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee.
*yawn* Where was I?
Oh, right. Friendship.
This quote is probably my favorite friendship quote of all time. One can, indeed, survive without friends, it is true. But friendship is so vitally important to our thriving. Without it, we wither into lonely, bitter, isolated curmudgeons. And who wants to be a curmudgeon? Don’t we all want to be rainbow unicorn kittens?!
Maybe that’s just me.
There are not many things that friendship cannot cure.
True friends are the ones who know us well, and choose us anyway. They remind us of our worth when we have forgotten it. They dig deep and help out when they don’t feel like it, because they know that you would do the same for them. They lay down their lives for one another in ways large and small.
If they don’t understand something about you, they try to.
Friends forgive, give grace, and apologize. They don’t pretend. They are loyal, and refuse to listen to bad reports. They call you out when you’re being stupid.
The refuse to let you focus on the worst in yourself, and they try to make you see yourself through their eyes. They see the best in you, and choose to trust that your best will prevail more often than your worst will.
They walk with you through your darkest times, and are ready to support you in your valley, even when they don’t know how.
Friends fill in the gaps in your core relationships. No one person can fulfill all your relationship needs. So, we need friendship to fill in those gaps. If one person can’t meet that need, someone else will. This is why we need unity in the Body of Christ–because no one human is Jesus, except Jesus. (Duh.)
Friends are amazing, and I love them. I have the best ones, and I’m willing to share. (Mostly.)
What are you thanking God for today?
Grace & Peace,