Monday, June 18, 2012

Friendships

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." C.S. Lewis

What would this world be without friendships? My close friendships have given me such life and encouragement, blessing me with hope and love when I needed it most. I've seen God's work through my friends, with them being His hands and feet to me in my deepest times of need. I can talk to my close friends about anything, let my true self shine through, take off any masks I put up to the world.

The beautiful thing about friendship, though, is that it involves a give and take relationship. I don't only receive goodness and hope from my friends; I give love and care and acceptance to them, as well. I give my friends my ears to listen to their hurts, my words to encourage them, my prayers to lift their burdens to the only One who can carry them. I give my time, my word, and my trust (one of the hardest things for me to do) to them. As friendships grow closer, I allow that person to understand my thoughts, feelings, emotions, and concerns, just as that friend learns to trust me. Friendships allow humans to be completely open and honest. How refreshing is that?! In a world so focused on outward beauty, salary, and materialistic goods, having true, intimate friendships frees people from the weight of the world. 

So back to my original question: what would this world be without friendships? Yes, we could survive. Relationships are not vital to acquiring food, clothing, water, and shelter.  We could live in isolation, not forming the deep bonds essential to a growing friendship. However, friendship breathes breath into our very lives! It adds excitement, creating unimaginable adventures and exhilarating thrills that make life feel valuable and unique. I would not be the person I am today without my close friends. They have made my life wonderfully entertaining and uplifting, and I look forward to seeing where God takes these friendships in the future!

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