Isn’t this the essence of friendship? To know that I belong to you and you belong to me. My place is with you. In a large world, filled with loud noises and ever-changing scenes, friendship is a safe and pleasant place. Like home.
At least friendship should be like home. But how often is it rather like an errand, a disappointment, or even a bruise? In this hurried, transient, online age, are our hearts crying out for something more? A different type of friendship than the one we’ve been given through Facebook and quick coffee dates?
I have made many mistakes when it comes to friendships. I have been prideful, closed off, hurtful, easily offended, selfish, well-intentioned but lacking in follow-through, and so much more. I am by no means a model of “the perfect friend”. But I do have a desire to be a good friend. And I want to have good friends, too- the kinds I tell my grandkids about someday.
I want people to share life with, to make a difference with. I want people to change me and me to change people. I want the friendships they write about in biographies.
I think you want these kinds of friendships, too.
But how do we get from here to there? That’s want I want to find out these next several weeks as we journey to examine the topic of friendship and answer some of the following questions:
What is friendship?
Where does it come from?
Is it really attainable or just a pipe dream?
What makes a good friend?
What makes a not-so-good friend?
What if we get hurt?
How do we forgive?
What about the introverts?
When is it time to “move on”?
How do we glorify God with our friendships?
Will you join me as we set out to uncover the truth about friendships? I can’t wait to see what we discover.