March 18, 2011
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
Oh, wait, never mind. I got a little carried away there. Sorry.
friend- intimate associate; association of familiarity and companionship
I just wanted to take a few minutes today to say that "I love my friends." I really do. I don't have a long list of people that I count as my friends. There are a handful of girls that I hold in high esteem. Women that I have a special affection for. They are women who I know will be honest with me, they love me, I can count on them to run to my rescue in times of need. Each one of these relationships is unique and each brings something different and beautiful to the table. Some I speak to every day. Some only a couple times a year. But, no matter how much time and distance does or does not separate us, I know that their intentions towards me are true. And vice versa.
Friendships are very important. They serve a special purpose in our lives. They are outlets for release. Places where we can be ourselves. Safe harbors. Opportunities to share our experiences and concerns. Investments in trust. They foster growth. They encourage and uplift.
I know people who don't have close friends (outside of their spouse). It's not a good thing. It is a hindrance in personal growth and potential for happiness and self-confidence. Not having friends is very limiting on so many levels. God created us to be in fellowship with each other. It is not His intention for us to go at this life alone.
I am a better person because of my friends. They bring out things in me that I don't always know is there. They give me the opportunity to share my joys and struggles. They fill my life with happiness and insight and encouragement and advice. They let me know that I am (almost) normal.
So, today, I thank God for my friends. You are in my prayers. I know what sits heavy on your hearts and I am praying in agreement with each one of you for God's perfect will and peace in your lives. I love you. I really, really love you!
"There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24