I’ve always known that. I may not be rich in $$$, but I am certainly wealthy in relationships and friends in particular.
I’ve learned over the years that people who come into our lives are often only passing through. If we try to keep the ones who were not meant to stay, it only brings heartache to them, to us, or both. I’ve adopted the mindset and the prayer, “Lord, bring into my life people who are put there by your purpose. Bless our time together and help us to learn and grow from the time we spend together. When Your purpose is fulfilled and our paths no longer coincide, help me to release them into your love and care, and then move on.”
I have spent a lot of time grieving over people who chose not to stay in my life. I’m finished with that. Instead, I choose to celebrate the ones who do and try to keep my heart open to make room for new friends.
The Bible promises in Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.”
A true friend is a great gift. I don’t want a bunch of flatterers in my life, or backbiters. I want people who challenge me, believe the best in me, and hold me to account when I need it. A true friend will not be afraid to love us, share their hearts with us, and tell us the truth when we need to hear it even when it might be something we don’t want to hear. Sometimes we might “rub” each other in an uncomfortable honesty, but that is one of the many benefits of true friends – As iron sharpens iron… We become stronger, sharper, better because of the contact. We encourage each other in our faith, celebrate our victories, and mourn our losses. We grow because of each other.