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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
TITLE: The Gift of Friendship
By Tammy McConnell
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This new practice of self-indulgent, excuse-ridden friendship leaves even the most hardened hearts feeling lost, alone, and bewildered. Frankly, it’s no wonder that the divorce rate is at an all-time high and pharmaceutical companies cannot keep up with the high demand for anti-depressant medications. We don’t even have enough time to nurture our friendships, much less honor a marriage vow or tend to our own mental health. Commitment is a word reserved for employment negotiations and contracts; no longer valued in the personal realm.
That person that means so much to you should be able to tell without hesitation that you are their friend. Without affidavit, the representation of your friendship should be evident to all, especially if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. Your conduct, in all areas, is being carefully scrutinized by would-be fellow Christians and flat-out non-believers alike. The former begs to see you do the right thing, the latter desires to see you fail; thereby proving that Christianity has no place in modern day society. Don’t leave room for implication; it’s Satan’s desire to gain a foothold. Block his attempts to use you for his service.
A true sacrifice requires giving something of value. Friendship is a pretty valuable commodity, don’t you think? As a child, it was my fervent wish to have a “best friend”. I soon learned that once seized, that friendship needs to be nurtured, cultivated.
My favorite movie quote comes from the lips of Audrey Hepburn in the 1963 movie, Charade. “I already know an awful lot of people and until one of them dies, I couldn’t possibly meet anyone else.” Her character, Regina Lampert, epitomizes the irony of friendship etiquette. Comparable to marriage, once secured, you relax…maybe a little too much.
True friendship, I’ve discovered, will stretch, bend and conform to life circumstances. My husband, five children, two dogs and I are now six states away from my closest friends. I find myself starting over. I have to make new friends. I am a child again, secretly praying for God to expose that “new comrade”; someone who will become my confidante and best friend. My old friends are treasures that I hold in my heart and converse with through email and yes, snail mail. We exchange photos much more now than we would have if we were still in close proximity of each other. We now have “proof” of our affection for each other. I draw on the memories of our times together when I start to feel down. I will not trade them for new friends. My hope is to enlarge the circle, never breaking the links, just adding to it. The Bible speaks of the three strand chord in reference to marriage I believe. But, this scripture holds true for friendships also. Once God enters the equation of your relationships, they will become stronger than you might imagine.
Wouldn’t now be a great time to give your friend a call, just to say “hello, you are my friend…thank you”?
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