My daughter (far left) and 2 of her new friends! I apparently never take pics with my friends! 🙂
Next to family, friends are one of life’s greatest blessings! I’ve lived 4 or 5 hours from the nearest relative for about 4 years now and I am so glad that I have friends in both Hays and now in Scott City, Kansas that have been there for me. I’m also grateful for the friends back in the Strasburg and Colorado Springs, Colorado areas who have prayed for me during this life journey away from the familiar!
Not only are friends a great thing to have, but I think they are a Biblical thing to have. Jesus had friends – a group of 12 good friends, 3 of which could be considered “best friends”. Proverbs 21:17 says that, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
We need other people in our lives to help us become the kind of Godly person God wants us to be. The Christian life wasn’t meant to be lived alone.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching,” Hebrews 10:24-25
Going to church or getting together with other Christians isn’t just something boring or legalistic to do. We need to encourage others and need their encouragement to live an effective life. If you haven’t noticed – going against the tide of our culture and being a Christian can be hard and discouraging sometimes!
If you don’t have good friends I encourage you to pray for them. In 1 John 5:14-15 it says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” I believe good friends are part of God’s will, so you can have confidence that he will answer that prayer!