I don’t know a lot about pop culture and celebrities, so I’m terrible at any game that requires such knowledge. I’d rather tuck in with family and friends and learn more about them.  I love meeting new people and never forget a face, but sometimes forget a name.  I’ve learned a lot about friendship over the years and have been blessed with some of the BEST. I hesitate to call any one friend my best friend – not only is that a lot of pressure, but it is limiting!

A few words of advice that come to mind:

  • Don’t give up when things get tough.
  • Believe the best in each other.
  • Give others the grace you want to receive.
  • Learn to give but also to receive.
  • Cheer each other’s kids on.
  • Build each other up.
  • Help your married friends to honor marriage.
  • Help your single friends to live fully wherever the Lord currently has them.
  • Open your heart to a friend’s godly counsel and correction as well.
  • Spur one another on to maturity in the Lord.
  • Cry with each other.
  • Celebrate with each other.
  • Pray for each other.
  • Make new friends but cherish the old.

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24

The Hebrew phrase, “many companions”, could also be translated, “superficial friends”.  This is a warning to us in friendship.  Quality rather than quantity is the goal. In this social media crazed time, we must guard against superficial friendship. Nothing takes the place of a friend face to face – one who is willing to get in the trenches with you and you with them.