From casual to intimate, levels of friendships vary throughout life. And no matter the level, friends have the power to influence our lives for good or evil. I have been very blessed by God to have the sweetest friends through life that have enriched my journey, shared by joys and wiped my tears.
They have endured my “early to bed” fettish. One time I even went to bed early at my own birthday party, leaving my guests alone. They smiled knowingly when I climbed the stairs and said good night… and the party went on without me. Well, that was a few years ago… I hope I wouldn’t do that now. One thing for sure, my friends have taught me that the party does go on without me… a lesson we all need to learn… Although now I think it was really selfish me to to go bed early at my own birthday party…
My friends have also endured my bluntness, pride, and selfishness from time to time. They have forgiven me when I have been wrong. As I write this, i am wondering why some of them have stuck around through all these years!
But one person stands out today as I am thinking about friendship and the special gift it is from God. Many years ago when I was a student at Christ for the Nations Bible school, one of my roommates befriended me, loved me, and encouraged me in my walk with God. She lived what she preached. And she breathed life and hope into me from the Holy Spirit that God had a future for me that was as big as the sky. And I believed her as I took baby steps toward that calling.
I credit her for believing in me, praying for me, and helping me to reach my destiny. She was a steady influence and force during some critical years.
She is a missionary and pastors a church in Madrid, Spain, but she recently came to pay a visit. And today I am thinking about her and praying for her.
And I just want to say thank you, Becky, thank you for being a friend.