“Chanceé everyone isn’t going to like you or want to be your friend.” I remember my mother telling me this when I was a little girl; however, I never understood why anyone wouldn’t like ME or want to be my friend. I’m such a great person! But instead of focusing on the hardships of life, today I will focus on the positive. God has blessed me with awesome FRIENDS. They say that you should give people their flowers while they are living. To my friends, here are your flowers:
One of the best biblical examples of friendship existed between David and Jonathon. Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. (I Samuel 18: 1,3 NKJV)
The word “friend” is often misused and abused but I have had the opportunity to know true friendship. The bible instructs us to be selective with our friendships and lets us know when we have found a friend. “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV) Who says that blood is thicker than water? My friends have stepped in on many occasions when family has walked out. It is always encouraging to have people whom God has placed in my life that are there for me at any time of the night. Friends build me up instead of tear me down. “Thank you for being a friend.”
Over the years, I have lost friends, been betrayed by friends and outgrown friends; however, I have come to realize that some of those people were only in my life for a season. I have experienced true friendships that last the test of time and circumstance. Through the sad times, happy times and pure disagreements, we always come full circle. As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV) In order for a friendship to thrive, each must bring to the relationship something that strengthens the other. They make me a better person. They aren’t afraid to question my decisions and they hold me accountable for my actions.
“Your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant” My friends are who they are because they have no ulterior motives. Our friendship isn’t based upon our celebrity or lack thereof. They are the real “ride or die” chicks and I trust them enough to tell them my most shameful secrets. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret (Proverbs 11:13 NIV)
“And if you threw a party and invited everyone you knew, you would see the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say, Thank you for being a friend.”
Thank you to my: listeners; shoulders to cry on; ride hundreds of miles in the middle of the night; rods of correction; wisdom bearers; near death experience sharers; got my back; fun loving; genuine and authentic friends. These flowers are for you.
Thank You for using Your earthly vessels to stand in the gap and provide me with encouragement, wisdom and humor when I need it the most. I am grateful to You for forging lasting bonds between a spectacular cast of girlfriends and me. Help me to be a better friend and follow Your instruction for friendship. When it’s time to let go, help me to do that too. Thank You for letting me know in John 15:14 that if I obey You, I can be Your friend. What a friend we have in Jesus! Daddy, I love You and thank You for being my Superfriend! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
EMPOWER yourself today to recognize the true meaning of friendship. Are you being a friend or a frenemy? EMPOWER yourself to let go of people who have not proved themselves worthy of your friendship. EMPOWER yourself to speak up and show appreciation to your friends.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. This week she is leaning on Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding.