Just watched a great movie – Forever Strong. Among it’s themes was friendship. As I was watching the movie I found myself thinking about the friendships in my own life. I am extremely blessed to have some people in my life that I call true friends.

What’s a true friendship look like? I only know what I have experienced from those I count as true friends. They have demonstrated: concern for my well being (even when I didn’t show concern for myself). Have been there when I needed them to be – not asking if there’s anything they can do for me but rather, staying with me, seeing the need and taking care of it before I asked.

A phone call, text or email to just say hi and see how I‘m doing. Encouraging me when I need it, lifting me up when I am down. Challenging me when not giving my best. Holding me accountable for all my actions even at the risk of causing strain on the relationship. Additionally, calling out the lies I tell myself.

Friendship is not easy, you have to want it real bad to make it work. It means putting others first instead of yourself. It means being there ….even if you’re not wanted at the time. To not give up on them even if they have given up on themselves.

I want to be that kind of friend. One who can be counted on to be there – no matter what. One who seeks opportunity to be a blessing (you can’t find it if you’re not looking!). An encourager, someone that helps spread hope when hope seems lost.

Read a quote that said “when the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” Proverbs 27:17 says “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”

And I have just concluded that there needs to be a part 2 to this, maybe more. I will post again shortly. In the mean time, I challenge you to search for yourself what friendship means to you? And would love to hear about what you find.

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