Friends by definition in Websters is
1a : one attached to another by affection or esteem
b : acquaintance
2a : one that is not hostile
b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group
3: one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
4: a favored companion
So my question is how many do you have? This has come up several times in passing conversations. I was just thinking about it and was curious what Websters had to say. The definition for me was interesting. Most of the time we usually think of friends as those that we know. We may know different things about them.
We may know
Where they work
Who their spouse is
Do they have children
Where do they go to church
Are they on Facebook
Do they have a blog
Where they live
Those types of things.
Then there are those that we may know a little more
Their favorite color
Their favorite food
When is their birthday
Where do they go on vacation
What sports teams do they like
What sports do they play or their children play
Then there are those that we know even more
We know their parents
We know what ministry their are in
We know about their walk with the Lord
We know about their passion for the Lord
We know what has hurt them in the past and even current
We know what battles they have overcome and which one's they are still fighting
We can sense where they are when they walk in the room.
So keeping all of that in mind, how many do you have that fall into each category? This was a real eye opener for me. I realized that the further down I got, the smaller the numbers. Does that mean that I don't care about those at the top of the list? NOT A CHANCE! I do care!!!!!! I also know that there are those few at the bottom that have stuck with me through so much and know me so well that those are the ones that I run to when I am struggling. Relationships take a lot of time, work, effort, and energy. I have heard and been told that I don't really have a lot of friends. True. I may not have a lot at the bottom of the list but those that are there are precious. I value them greatly!!!!!! How many friends do you have in these categories? Do you ever hear that you need more friends? Take heart, if you know Jesus, He is you BEST Friend and I know that my goal is to be called Friend by Him!!!!!!!
Just something to think on today!!!!!!!
Doula Mama Pam