My Bestest Buddy
by Annette Howard
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12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy[a] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (NKJV)
I love it when I hear little kids say, “So-in-so is my Bestest Buddy!”. It’s so endearing, and it really reveals the ranking of their best-BEST friend…
As a child, and actually all throughout her life, my “Bestest Buddy” was my mom. And the older I got, the more I could see it, feel it, and appreciate it. She was my Bestest Buddy because she loved me unconditionally and always told me the truth, good or bad, because she always had my best interest at heart; because she always provided wisdom, guidance, knowledge, discipline, and instruction, towards paths that were healthy, righteous, and laden with integrity and good choices. And because she always taught me lessons that would teach me how to survive in this world, and to help insure I would end up in the right “next” world.
I grew up in a faith based family. We attended church weekly, and often more. I was a member the youth choir and Jr. P.F. (Pilgrim Fellowship), along with my sister, nieces, and the boy who would one day become my husband. My mother was a vacation bible school teacher and Girl Scout mom. My father was head of the Board of Trustees, and my sister-in-law was the youth choir director and her brother played the organ. So between choir rehearsals, youth group meetings, activities, and trips, church events, church teas, vacation bible school, and Girl Scout meetings that were held at the church, without my realizing it, she made sure I was always in the house of the Lord. She was my Bestest Buddy.
My mom went home to be with the Lord in 1997. But my relationship with my mother showed me what a true Bestest Buddy is, or what they’re suppose to be. I have several “Bestest Buddies” in my very own family and in my life. Each gives me a different perspective of knowledge, wisdom, and clarity, and each generously provides their own flavor of comfort and love.
Though each relationship has its own gifts, there is one common factor that qualifies them as being Bestest Buddies. One imperative requisite; trust.
One of the greatest gifts, and parts of Himself God has given us, is the Holy Spirit. How wondrous of Him to deposit a part of Himself inside those of us who have chosen to follow Him in faith. He’s given us a Spiritual Bestest Buddy, that is not near us 27/4, but better yet, one who actually lives INSIDE of us 24/7. We don’t have to wait to hear back from an email, text, or phone call. We don’t have to hope He’s awake or home or has time for us. We don’t have to wait until He’s in a good or better mood to talk to Him. With the Holy Spirit, we have a constant companion, counselor, and friend. One that you can always trust. One who has your best interest at heart, because He knows the plan God has for your life.
Sometimes people in our lives can and do let us down. Some intend to, others do not, just as we let others down as well. But even with their best guess, they don't know God's plan for us. But the Holy Spirit will never let you down, because He does, and because He always wants what’s best for you. No, it may not always be what you want, but it will always be what’s best.
And unlike some of our earthly peers, you can always trust the Holy Spirit, because there’s never a hidden agenda with Him, and therefore, never any bad, destructive, or deceptive advice. The Holy Spirit doesn’t want the promotion you’re going for at work. The Holy Spirit doesn’t want to steal your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend. The Holy Spirit isn’t jealous of your accomplishments, potential, or talent. He has no issue or bias towards your gender, race, or economic class. And He isn’t holding a grudge against you for something you did to Him in the past. He doesn't covet anything you own or desire. He doesn’t want to laugh at you, mock you, or hurt you. He doesn't want to see you fail. He doesn’t want to trip you up. As part of the trinity, His joy, like Jesus’ and God’s, comes from loving you, guiding you, and seeing Himself revealed in you; seeing the Word spread by you, in behavior, voice, and choice. He doesn't want anything from you, yet He wants everything for you; so you can always trust His counsel, and you can always trust His care.
Whenever you are struggling, and need advice or direction, and you are deciding who to ask, make sure the Holy Spirit is on the top of your list. The Holy Spirit is the Word living inside of you. The Holy Spirit is for sure, your Bestest Buddy.
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