First of all, before you start reading the rest of my blog, please stop and pray for a sweet friend of mine, Clay, who was in a bad car wreck this morning. Thankfully, he is doing well, but he definitely has some very serious injuries. Please pray for a speedy and miraculous recovery like we know only God can provide so that he can get back to doing what he loves.
Anyway, I really didn’t know what God wanted me to write about this weekend. I also have been in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach all weekend, so that’s another reason I am just now getting around to writing this post. But, as I prayed for God to tell me what he wanted me to write about, he gave me the word “Friendship.” So, friendship it is.
How many of you could say you have a best friend? That one person that knows literally everything about you–all your secrets and your wildest dreams. They know the music you like and the foods you hate, and most importantly, they know your heart. I have a few best friends that I would consider to be super close to me. They could probably tell you more about my life than I could. I love them, and would do absolutely anything for them, and I know that they would do the same for me.
This weekend, I was lucky enough to get to bring one of my best friends on vacation with me for Labor Day. We had many late-night talks, a few cups of coffee, and lots of laughter. It was a much needed break from school, homework, and stress. Here are a few pictures from our time together!
As you can see, we even built Build-a-Bears! (Even though mine is an octopus!) It was great getting to re-live our childhoods, even if just for 45 minutes. I hope you and your best friends still do goofy, child-like stuff like this, even if you two are seventy years old.
Putting aside the happy part of a friendship, sometimes we get angry or annoyed with our friends. Even though we love them immensely, they aren’t perfect. So, sometimes arguments and disagreements happen. It’s not fun, but it’s part of life.
But God says, “A friend loves at all times.” – Proverbs 17:17
This is what we should strive for in our friendships. This is what we should pray for in any relationship we have: LOVE. And not just conditional, suit-your-circumstances, momentary love, but eternal, unconditional, sometimes inconvenient love. That’s a characteristic of a true friendship: showing love when we are annoyed or when we feel like we are running on empty and couldn’t possibly give someone else a minute of our time. That’s friendship, y’all. We need to be open and willing to do anything (within reason) for our friends. We need to be filled with Jesus’ kind of love to truly love anyone at all.
I’ve recently realized a truth about relationships: They aren’t always fun and easy, and sometimes they take work and sacrifice, but they are worth it. To be in any sort of a relationship with a human being means you’re going to be vulnerable and likely to get hurt, but you’re going to be even more likely to find a love stronger and deeper than anything else in the world.
I hope and pray that you would have that kind of friendship with someone where you can laugh and cry together, make memories together, and just simply be there for one another. I certainly do, and it is beautiful. Your friendships might look completely different from mine, but be thankful for the friendships you have and never take them for granted.
Will you pray with me?
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of friendship. Please help us to learn how to love our friends in a deeper way. Help us to love them like you do. Please be with us this week and help us to surrender to you and follow your will for our lives. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis,