What keeps friendships from becoming dusty, outdated, and forgotten? How can they survive the demands of distance, turbulent schedules, and sporadic communication? Today I was blessed to revive a group of friendships. We have grown in different directions, have moved further away from each other, and have to work hard to bridge the gap of a full page of food restrictions among our diets. But these ladies turn me back to God with their determined, deliberate focus on Him.
Like Proverbs 27:17 says,
“Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.”
And I like how the Message phrases Ecclesiastes 4:9-12,
“It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.
Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there’s no one to help, tough!
11 Two in a bed warm each other.
Alone, you shiver all night.
12 By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.”
God gives His children fellowship with other Christ-followers to help us pursue Him. Even when we feel alone, other believers around the world are praying for us as part of the Church. And it is such a blessing to have them to help us and encourage us in this race (Hebrews 11-12):
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
A older woman once told me, hold onto your friendships, because they are like gold!
God, thank You for quality friends who delight my heart and challenge me to be excited to pursue You, and be amazed at how You are working in me. It is easy to fall in a rut, or slow down to a crawl. Thank You for people to help me pick up my pace again, and eagerly pursue You. Please bless those in the Body of Christ who need encouragement today, and help us all as we finish this race to the finish line, one day at a time. I love You, Amen.