Friendships are precious. Authentic, true friendships are few and far between. Some come into our lives for a time, a season and a purpose. Others will stand the test of time, walking through the best of times and the worst of times with us throughout our lives.
Whether an introvert, who gets energy from being alone, or an extrovert, who gets energy from being around people; we all need others in our lives. Not only do friends challenge, trade thoughts and ideas, share interests and activities, but more importantly, healthy friendships enhance, or sharpen, who we are as a person. God never intended us to be an island to ourselves. We were created to live in community.
I truly believe God blesses us with friends throughout our lives. However, one thing I know to be true is that it takes being a friend to have a friend. Friendships take time and effort. They must be nurtured to grow and flourish.
This time of year, typically starting around Thanksgiving, I like to ponder the friendships God has given me. I am so grateful for each one. Some I see fairly regularly, while others just a few times a year. Regardless, whenever we reunite, time is bridged quickly as we pick up where we left off the last time we were together.
I challenge you to take some time over the next few days to offer thanks for the friends you have been given. Take inventory of the kind of friend you are and the friend you want to be and work on nurturing these friendships. Treasure them. Be the kind of friend that you would want to have. Your life will be richer for it.