Good friends are a gift from God. We were never meant to do this life on our own. God places them in our lives to walk the journey with us,through the joys and pains, the good and bad seasons. They are there for all of it.
Good friends do not let us fall out of the race. Instead, they cheer us on, hold our hands and encourage us to press on toward the finish line.
Good friends are not only there for the good seasons,but even during the rainy days where we have nothing to offer them. Their love is unconditional. They are not in it for the give and take.
Good friends mention each other’s names in rooms full of opportunities. They do not compete against each other, but instead strive to see each other to the top. They do not become envious when another makes a stride forward, they instead take pride in each other’s successes, knowing that a win for one is a win for all.
Who wouldn’t want to have someone they know or are close to, in the high places? Not that they owe you anything, but imagine your friends also mentioning your name in the bigger rooms full of opportunities that they may rise to in the high places. Know that adage, “you are your friends?” If your circle is excelling, you are definitely the next in line. That’s the power of association!
Cheer your friends on in their different aspirations, clap for them when they succeed. Instead of harboring unnecessary resentment and envy, be inspired by them. Learn all that you can from them. May their victories be proof that all things are possible, that you are limitless. Take it as an encouragement that if they can make it, you definitely can make it too!
Good friends remind each other of their worth. On days that insecurity may get the best of you, they remind you of all that you are and encourage you to hold your chin up. They shine a light on all your strengths and abilities and encourage you to nurture them.They do not diminish your self worth. Instead, they speak life into you and bring to your attention the amazing person that you never knew you were.
Also, good friends rebuke you in love. If they notice that there are some patterns or behaviors in your life that might set you back from being your best, they take that risk and call you out even though that might jeopardize your relationship with them.They are willing to risk it all. They cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and watch you take a wrong path or waste your life.Their rebuke may not be appreciated initially, but with time you will be grateful that they did. Just as the Lord rebukes those He loves, good friends rebuke those they love as well.
Good friends are the wind beneath your wings, constantly rooting for you to see to it that you become everything that God created you to be. They do everything in their capacity to ensure that you live out your full potential, even if it means getting into the mud and rolling in it with you. They constantly challenge you to rise beyond complacency and mediocrity. Good friends are selfless, they are willing to lay down their lives for you. They do all this, not because there is anything in it for them, but because they love you. Love gives freely. It gives even when there is no benefit in it, love just keeps giving.
Good friends make our burdens lighter; with their listening ear, with their comforting shoulder to lean on, with their great words of encouragement, with their witty jokes. They make the journey of life more meaningful and colorful.
Just as iron sharpens iron, so do good friends encourage, question, coach and challenge each other to bring out their best versions.