Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Circle of Friend
No, that's not a typo. That's how my daughter used to refer to my social circle. It included my sister. Period. I had work acquaintences and that was about it. Now, for almost the first time in my life, I have friends. Not that I'm not funny or friendly, because I am. I just wasn't intentional about having friends. I never took the time to develop that casual, "Hey, aren't you so-and-so's mom" into an actual friendship. I don't think it is a coincidence that this most "friendshippy" time in my life came after I made peace with the past and let the light and love of Christ into my heart. I just didn't really like myself enough to believe that anyone else could like me. Don't be sad though. I had to let the Lord do some serious work in my heart before anyone could get in. Slowly, He sent friends alongside me to encourage the changes we (me and God!) were making. I am at a time in my life that is probably the most fun I've ever had. I have friends to laugh with, rummage and craft with, and share God's Word with. And now God is using me to come alongside others who are ready to grow. It just doesn't get any better than that! "Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but woe to the one who falls without another to lift him up." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 p.s. If you are in a bit of a dry spell as far as friends go right now, don't despair. Maybe God is working out something in your life that is best done alone, for a time. Pray about it. He knows what you need. Or maybe you just haven't gotten out in a while and don't know where to start. Reaching out and connecting is what works best for me. Sign up for Bible study or start volunteering somewhere. Have a Good Neighbor Day party. Seriously, it's May 22nd.Talk to everyone who walks their dog or baby past your house. 99 of them will think you are friendly but nuts, but when that one walks by and knows the rest of the joke to "Now you're gonna have pinkeye" it's great.