“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” –Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
It amazes me just how we all “fit” together…people, I mean. We are all so different. Every person has a different story, and a unique background. We all have changing perspectives, and changing opinions. We have different dreams and aspirations. Although we are all so different, we all need one another.
So many times, we try to handle our lives like we are alone. We take our burdens and worries and hold them close. We are afraid to be vulnerable in front of each other. We act like islands with these secure borders surrounded by barbed wire. Beware coming too close or you could get hurt!! Why do we spend so much of our energy trying to act like we all have it together?
Well, this may come as a surprise to some of you, but we are all super messed up…. all of us. We are sloppy, dirty, difficult, and yes, we are strange. But, the amazing thing is that the Lord has designed and equipped us with these particular gifts that balance all the weirdness out. Think about your friends for a minute. Don’t you feel like you could go to them for different things? You may go to a certain friend for affirmation, or encouragement. You may go to another one for advice, or confidentiality. There is always the friend that you go to for a great laugh, or, my favorite, the easy friend. That’s the friend that you can just hang out with, no agenda. Because, if we are honest, not all friends are easy, are they?
Take some time today and appreciate the ones that help you carry burdens, listen to your stories, and love on you when you need it the most, or maybe, when you don’t know you need it. Be thankful for those that challenge you to be a better person, and call you out on your nastiness, or the ones that you can just look at a you know exactly what the other one is thinking….and then you laugh so hard your stomach hurts. You know, those people that you can’t imagine your days without. Life is simply so much better with friends along the way.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17