Its time for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes. No edits. No revisions. Set the timer….Go!
Sometimes a friend is someone who you’ve known for long time. Sometimes new friendships can form over a shared experience. Then there are the those people who have been there in the ordinary days and you look back and see how God worked your paths to wind around and meet sometime right here. In the present.
I’ve got friends from long ago, friendships forged over common interests, friendships I’ve messed up and then restored, and I’ve got the friends for the ordinary days. I love all types of friendships. I’ve been discouraged, let down, and disappointed with friends. But I remember a wise woman told me once: You will only have 2-3 life-long friends (and one of those is your husband).
So I don’t mourn when friendships shift and fade. I don’t get discouraged when friendships are slow to grow. I’m not upset when friendships end, knowing God has allowed me to have community in all the seasons of my life. I think about the teen girls I minister to on Wednesday nights. Friendship equals life at their age. And that’s ok.
But if I could be honest with them, I would tell them…..
A friend doesn’t need you to be anyone but yourself.
A friend will expect things from you, and that’s ok.
A friend will be ok if you need space.
A friend will run to you when you are in a crisis.
A friend will forgive.
A friend will last for a season, and that’s ok.
There will be more friends.
God will be the only friend who won’t let you down, so don’t be disappointed when every single friend you have lets you down.
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