I’m flat out happier because I know them.
I was with one of them last night when someone remarked, “You two look like sisters.”
I responded, “Well, we’ve grown up together these last twenty-five years.”
And we have.
Though we aren’t related genetically by blood, we are deeply connected by the blood of the Lamb; and we’ve encouraged each other, again and again, to hold tight to our Lord.
Oh friend, invest in good relationships with other believers who will point you to truth and who will cheer you on as you walk in it.
These friendships are the best of friendships. They are safe places to be vulnerable, to share fears, and tears, and pray.
Let me just say, there is nothing like celebrating a victory from a battle that most of the world didn’t even know you were fighting.
What’s more, these friendships are joy-filled because laughing with someone you have also cried with is just extra wonderful somehow.
But, you won’t grow these friendships by just scrolling through words on a screen. You’ve got to put yourself out there. Go to church. Find a Bible study. Pick up the phone and invite someone to coffee.
Yes, it may feel awkward at first, but keep reaching out.
Because, right now, in these hard days, perhaps more than ever, we need friends who will be iron sharpening iron. We need to encourage one another, cheer each other on, and all the more as we see the Day approaching.
Oh friends, we REALLY need each other. God will help us through each other. God will love us through each other.
And if someone has been that kind of friend to you, will you tell them? Thank them. Cherish them, because they are precious gifts in this life!