“A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34
Friendship is a beautiful thing. I have friends from 2-year old preschool. Friends from 10th grade algebra. Friends who started out as random roommates. Friends who became my sisters. And friends whose paths crossed mine completely unexpectedly. Nonetheless, they are all incredibly dear to my heart. They are my soulmates, and I can’t imagine life without them.
The last two weeks of my life has been a whirlwind of adventure with my friends – girl’s trips to Nashville, beach vacays and spontaneous summer nights. Spending so much time with some of my favorite people lately has left my heart feeling so unbelievably grateful. How lucky am I to spend my days with such cool people?
Bottom line is that my friends are as good as it gets. Not because they’re MY friends, but because:
- They remember. My friends are the kind of friends who remember to ask how that job interview went. They remember to ask how my day at work was when I had a big project. They remember to ask how my dad is doing after surgery. They remember the big stuff, the little stuff and all of the stuff in between.
- They lift me up. When life is going all wrong they’re the people who surround me and lift me up with encouragement. The sit on my bed and let me cry, they answer the phone and let me rant and they don’t get bored with my extremely long texts. When I’m on cloud 9 and good things are happening, they are just as quick to lift me up with excitement. It’s as if my successes are their own.
- They tell the truth. When that dress really makes my butt looks big, they tell me. When calling that boy back is a terrible idea, they tell me. When I’ve really messed up, they tell me. When I need to hear the hard stuff, they tell me.
- They love. They love me not for who they want me to be, but because I am me. And even more importantly, they love the way God calls us to love one another – they love me and every one around them the way He has loved us.
It sounds so simple now, but it took me quite some time to figure out what a true friend is, and an even longer time to find them. But true friendship is the greatest discovery I’ve ever made and the greatest treasure I have to hold on to.
So, thank you friends. Thank you for being there when I need you, for always telling the truth and for showering me with that amazing, Godly love.
It is my greatest wish that I am half of the friend in return.