I’ve been thinking about my friends lately, and how blessed I am to have them. I then began to ponder each relationship I have, and I gleaned a new appreciation for the diversity and intensity of the cast of characters I call friends.
I think many of us have close friends and the rest fall in the category of “friend”, just at varying levels. Then we have the “just Facebook” friends and acquaintances. I do consider most of my Facebook friends, friends though. I’ve tried to stay away from the acquaintances on Facebook, but there are a few…There’s only a small group of folks that I haven’t really communicated with in decades, but have fond memories of from my youth. It is interesting to see how they grew up. Some of those old friends still look the same, and some I wouldn’t know if I walked into them at the mall. Either way, I am glad to have reconnected.
My “friends”, are those that I really do enjoy, but I don’t get to see very often. I think about them every now and then, and will offer up a prayer on their behalf . They are on my Facebook and I may actually comment on their posts… I always realize how much I miss them when I do get to see them.
I spend most time with my close friends. I have a group of ladies, that are not all friends with each other, but all mean the world to me. They are a very diverse group, which is kinda funny to me when I think about it. My girls range between 3 decades in ages, they are all different shapes and sizes and occupations. Some are married, and some are single. Most of my BFF’s have kids, but not exclusively. I have friends that pray for me, and with me, and some that just send me good vibes and happy thoughts. I even have friends that are on both sides of the political fence and we can always meet in the middle and agree to disagree without hard feelings. Really.
Several years ago, I heard a pastor say to look around at your friends. If they are all exactly like you, there is a problem. If we are truly trying to be like Christ, we should have friends that cover a broad range of life. At the time, all of my close confidents, could have been my twin. Now, I can truly testify to the blessings that abound in diversity in friendships. I have been challenged, and confronted. I have been forced to step outside of my comfort zone at times, and truly see people from the inside out. I have had the opportunity to share my faith, and pray for them and I have given them lots of opportunities to pray for me! I have served in love and have been served in love. I have even changed my mind on more than one occasion and I have definitely grown more as a person because of my friends.
How about you? Have you told your friends how much you appreciate them lately?