Proverbs 27:9 (NIV) Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
As I talk to my children about friendship and what it means to be a friend. I think about what my grandfather and mother use to tell me “if you have one good friend in this life time you are doing good.” I think about the friendships that I have and how each one holds a special place in my heart.
I often see my children – as young as they are – trying to find and make lifelong friends. I see the smiles on their faces and the lightheartedness shown as they talk about them or interact with them. Those emotions rise again but in a very different way when something occurs. There is sadness when the person they considered their best friend either has to move away or as they grow older they grow apart.
Often I see my daughter trying to emulate her relationships with friends to be like mine. Of course, we talk about it and I encourage her to think about what a friend is. And what it means to have a close friend. I realize the one thing she doesn’t understand is my closest friend is Jesus Christ. I have said that but does she really understand?
With Jesus you can laugh until your stomach hurts or cry loudly and uncontrollably when you are sad. With Jesus Christ you can tell him all your burdens. He will not judge you nor leave you. He will show you continued grace and mercy even when you have shown your many flaws. He’s that kind of friend.
I must continue to tell my children all these things and more about what a friend we have in Jesus. I have to let them know I’m intentional about my relationship with Christ – just like I’m intentional with my other relationships. I go to Him in prayer. I check in with Him throughout the day. I take time to talk with Him and to listen. I don’t take His love for me for granted.
Jesus Christ is the best friend I have ever had. Just as you have to be intentional with the friends that you gather here on this Earth. I make sure that I take time to be with Him every single day – it’s intentional!
Thank you for always being a magnificent friend. You continue to show me what it means to be a good friend with Your love and kindness. I pray that as I go through this week that Your light shines in all of my friendships.