Thursday, February 4, 2016

Friend Day

So, apparently today is Friends Day.

Or so Facebook told me, via numerous videos that my friends shared.

One of my goals for this year was to make time for friends. Old friends. New friends.

I've yet to really do that.

I'm not the most friendly person. I'm an introvert and to be perfectly honest I can sometimes come off as snobbish. I don't mean to be. I just never know what to say to people, and then I get uncomfortable.

I've thought a lot about what it means to be a friend... because so often I think we fail to be true friends. We're a lot like fair weather fans... it's fun to go to the games when everyone is winning, but just let us stay at home when they are losing. Being a true friend means that you're there for the good times and the bad.

I have a lot of friends on facebook. I have many acquaintances. I'd like to think that people generally like me. I certainly don't set out to do anything to make them not like me...

but that doesn't mean they are true friends.

I'm so thankful that we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He lives within me. He empowers me to love others when maybe I don't want to. I'm not perfect at it. I still sometimes find myself not wanting to be friendly.

But I'm reminded of the verse that dictates our golden rule- Do unto others as you'd have done unto you. And then there is that greatest commandment. Love the Lord your God with everything, and love your neighbor as yourself. And my all time favorite, which I read yesterday... love your enemies.

IF at all possible, with whatever you have in you, live at peace with everyone. Forbearing one another with love.

Not exact quotes... but you get the point. Even if others aren't friendly, we need to be.

Because you never know when you are the only friend someone has.


  1. Oh, I hear you on this one. I've told myself repeatedly that I need to be more intentional with friendships. It's so easy to get busy and let it slide...good intentions and all...

    Good post.

  2. Yes, there are a lot of fair weather friends who are like fair weather fans. The greatest friend is God. Enjoyed reading your post.