I just got back from an amazing long weekend back home with my family and friends, celebrating Mother’s Day and one of my best friend’s gender reveal parties (she’s having a girl and I couldn’t be more excited!!!). Some of my favorite things in life are getting to celebrate my friends’ big moments in life. Like having babies, new jobs, getting married, graduating from grad school and living out their dreams. I really can’t imagine life without friends who put so much meaning into your life and help show you pieces of your own heart. And this past weekend just left me feeling so grateful.
Recently, one of our pastors was teaching about friendship and he was using Proverbs 18:24 which says, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more I’ve realized that friends are truly among the greatest gifts God gives us and oftentimes, they are given to us to show us a part of God’s love. Especially since moving away from my family, God has placed old and new friends in my life who are true, genuine, walk through fire together kind of friends. People who can share my burdens in life and people who I can help carry theirs.
As a society, I think we are so caught up in showing how much we can handle, how awesome we are and how much we can accomplish. Oftentimes, I think that puts up a barrier between us and our friends; and it sometimes prevents us from being a friend or receiving friendship. I suppose it boils down to the fact that pride often stops us from letting friends in and letting them help us carry the weight of life. After all, God didn’t create man to be an island. He wanted us to have community, genuine community of other people who have a common life goal in mind. Never in my life has this felt more true to me than in this past year and a half as I’ve been living in a new city.
I love seeing how God uses different people from different backgrounds, ages, careers and personalities to teach me more about his grace and love. I think my life is far more rich than it was before because of friendships and I am so incredibly grateful for that gift. So, these next few months, I’m challenging myself (and maybe you too!) to really examine the kind of friend that I am and the kind of friend I’m called to be. A true friend loves at all times, doesn’t turn away when things get tough and doesn’t try to compete or look as though they can handle life better than another person. Being a true friend requires us to be vulnerable, honest and dependable. I truly think these kinds of friendships are exactly what we were made to have.
Here are just a few photos from the weekend!