Friends – How Many of Us Have Them?
This question was not proposed by me, but from that old-school rap group of my childhood, Whodini. This melody and chorus happily played in my head as I thought about my friends and decided to write this article.
So, to answer their question, “Friends – How many of us have them?” I can happily say…
“YES! Yes, I have friends!”
The group of woman who I have been blessed to have in my life are true friends, however, they are more like sisters. We have been sister/friends for years. Among this group is my longest friendship, of 30+ years. These ladies, I am proud to say, are my closest confidants. They pray with me and for me, they encourage me, cry with me, sympathize with me, give me godly advice and wisdom, they root for me, want the best for me, and they also correct me, not wanting me to go down the wrong path.
Can I say that they have attributed to the person that I am today? Absolutely! Without them, and our close interaction, I would not be the person that I am today. And to them, I am grateful.
And as I write this, I can’t help to think about those people who swear against friendships. People who believe that being alone is better, than sharing their life with another person. Or people who have been hurt and deceived by those who they thought were friends. I sympathized with you.
Many of us, have been hurt by people who we have considered to be a friend. However, that should NOT make us harbor resentment or believe there are no genuine people in the world, that we can trust to be a friend.
We need friendships in our life. We were not born to “all by ourself”, (as the song sings) “alone”, or an island. “No man is an island.”
So I hope and pray that everyone can find those genuine friendships. Friendships that are filled with love, compassion, respect, truth, wisdom, honor, and correction. Friendship that will last you a lifetime.